The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is conducting a consultative ballot of its members in the telecom giant BT, which could presage a formal ballot for action to resist what the union calls “a vicious programme of compulsory redundancies, site closures, and attacks on pay, terms and conditions”. The consultative ballot closes on Thursday 10 December, and CWU reps and activists say they are confident of a huge vote in favour of action. Almost 50,000 workers are being balloted.
The CWU has also criticised BT management’s “newfound disregard for longstanding agreements with the union that have underpinned decades of industrial peace”. Hopefully the ballot, and the campaign surrounding it, signal a move away from an approach to trade unionism that sees “industrial peace” as a good thing in and of itself.