Communications Workers' Union (CWU) members in BT, Openreach, and EE have voted 97.9% yes to industrial action with a turnout of over 74%, in a consultative ballot closing 10 December.
The union has said: "CWU members have fired a very clear warning shot across BT’s bows that, unless bosses change direction on their vicious programme of compulsory redundancies, site closures and attacks on pay, terms and conditions, the company is on a direct collision course with its workforce".
CWU has also announced (22 December) that its Postal Executive has ratified a two-year pay and conditions agreement which "marks the end of our two year dispute with Royal Mail Group".
Reported points from the agreement include:
• to "avoid compulsory redundancies... our existing MTSF voluntary redundancy terms will continue to apply..."
• "April 2020 to 2021 – a 2.7% pay increase backdated to April 2020 and flowing through to all appropriate elements of pay. April 2021 to March 2022 – a further 1% pay increase flowing through to all appropriate elements of pay, plus the introduction of the second hour reduction of the Shorter Working Week. The second hour reduction to be introduced by October 2021 through the local revision activity set out in the agreement".