I am writing to you as one of your employees, a key worker, in BT Global.
I wish to put on record my deep concern and extreme disappointment at the actions BT has and are taking with compulsory redundancies and attacks on T&Cs being the response to change, rather than discussion and redeployment. We are now beginning to see this happening in Global which is disappointing and unnecessary. We have played a key part in keeping the economies of nations across the world running as have our colleagues across the world. We have done so in circumstances that are without precedent. Our thanks in the UK has been redundancy and attacks on our terms and conditions.
The general direction of what is a blue-chip company would be disappointing under any circumstances but this is a company that has in the past successfully redeployed thousands of people and now turns to redundancy as the first response to change. Why are we now seeing people in Global put at risk of redundancy when redeployment would work? I am part of a company whose workforce has helped to keep Governments, hospitals and businesses connected and I am asking you not to take the same steps as other parts of this company have. There is absolutely no necessity it is a choice and a choice that I am asking you not to make.
I have always believed that BT should engage meaningfully with my union in the UK and the works councils elsewhere. In doing so in the past, the company has seen over 30 years without any serious industrial conflict and a joint approach with my union to finding solutions to issues as they arise. The company’s current actions are putting all of that at risk. While others have valued my colleagues and I as key workers that have kept the country going through this terrible pandemic, the company is treating us without respect and I am asking you to stop this happening in Global.
On my behalf, my union’s position in BT Global is clear and reasonable.
I urge you to reconsider this course of action. I look forward to your personal response.