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Remember, Remember 5th November

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The Newcomer

Olly is a Newcomer
 

Consultative Ballot

With the first of nearly 200 disputed compulsory redundancies in BT Technology due to become effective at the end of next week – and more job losses set to be announced – members across the division are being asked to register their willingness to take industrial action ahead of a formal strike ballot.
More information at https://www.cwu.org/news/consultative-ballot-on-strike-action-in-technology-as-compulsory-redundancies-loom-large/
 

Pensions Triple Lock

British workers contribute from their monthly pay so that when they retire they will get a pension. For many years pensions did not keep up with inflation and their quality of life suffered. In recent years this was addressed and the State Pension is slowly returning towards what it should be. It is still well below Minimum Wage levels.
BUT THIS IS UNDER THREAT!
All workers, young and old, will be disadvantaged if the plans to cut the Triple Lock are allowed to happen. And pensioners will be punished once again.
Sign the online petition at https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-protect-the-state-pension to protect everyone's future.
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BT giving UK jobs away!

Shameless BT bosses have announced new plans that will result in more British jobs being exported at a time of skyrocketing UK unemployment.
The full story is available at https://www.cwu.org/news/new-offshoring-outrage-as-bt-moves-to-sack-uk-workers-and-send-their-work-overseas/
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Operating Model - Albert

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Have Your Say

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Covid-19 Q and A

Q and A
This is a Questions and Answers service from CWU Head Office. Please check regularly as it will be updated when new information is available.
 

Accident Reporting

There can be times when your employer fails to notify the CWU when members have an accident or a 'Near Miss'. If you are involved in a Safety Related incident, please contact the Branch Safety Co-ordinator immediately. The number is 07968 758072. Your action NOW could save somebody's life!
 

Our Hours

The latest information about Our Hours (PTT) in BT. Click/Tap the image below to see more.
Updated 23 December 2019
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Policy change for vehicle speed restrictions

This year a change was made to the company policy on vehicle speed restrictions which introduced a 60 mph speed limiter on our car derived vehicles. At that time, you told us your concerns about this specific change, and since then we've been working with BT Fleet, the other lines of business, BT Group and the CWU to review the policy.
A whole range of safety, environment, service and people factors, have been taken into account during the review and as a result we're going to introduce some changes. Our car derived vehicles - the Corsa's and Fiesta's - will be returned to the previous 70 mph limit.
We'll need to make adjustments to the vehicles and this will be done by BT Fleet. We're agreeing the timescales and a programme of work to do this, so as soon as we have more details we'll let you know how it's going to be managed.
The restriction on vehicles greater than 500kg (i.e. the Doblo transit type) will remain as they are restricted to 60mph by law to all but motorways already, although we'll be monitoring any issues via the commercial vehicle forum channel.
I wanted to tell you this news as soon as the decision was made, as I know it's a topic many of you feel strongly about. I have to admit, after driving a Corsa hire car during a site visit this year I experienced the speed challenge first-hand, and found it a particular issue when driving on the motorway, so I do understand your concerns.
It's important to note that we recognise that as a driver you will always have the scope and opportunity to be able to drive in a safe and fuel efficient way where possible, and by making this change we're giving that responsibility back to you.
I hope you agree that we've listened and acted on your feedback to make this change, it goes without saying that I expect everyone in EES to drive with care and attention at all times.
Please drive safely.

Mark BW
 

Women

Smalls For All

 

Wow! That was close.

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