The Communication Workers Union (CWU) continues to tell its members in BT Group, including EE and Openreach workers, to “get ready to vote yes”, in a long-promised ballot for industrial action.
The union has held a series of well-attended online meetings for workers, most recently for EE workers on Tuesday 27 April. BT workers voted overwhelmingly in an indicative ballot in late 2020 for industrial action. There has been an online campaign (“Count Me In”) building support for an apparently imminent ballot. But there is still no timetable for the ballot itself.
On 30 April, a CWU statement “last ditch talks [are] currently underway in a final push by the union to establish whether the company has any interest whatsoever in seeking to avert the BT-wide industrial action ballot that the CWU is already committed to set in motion unless meaningful movement by management is secured imminently.”
Exactly what “meaningful movement” might consist of, and exactly how soon is “imminent”, was not spelled out. BT’s planned restructure will lead to significant attacks on terms and conditions, site closures, and job losses. CWU should already have balloted; it must not postpone any further. Further delays only benefit the bosses.