Apr 2, 2019

Major BT union rejects company restructuring plans

One of the largest unions representing BT workers has rejected the telecoms company's restructuring plans, which it said would impose an "Extreme culture change" on the workforce. The union, which was supportive of BT's plans to shake up its pension schemes last year, said that the restructuring would lead to pay cuts as new pay grading structures are introduced. Although the ballot related to a restructuring launched by Gavin Patterson, the former chief executive, the union anger represents the first challenge for his replacement Philip Jansen. Noel McClean, national secretary of the Prospect union, said: "The rejection of the ballot by BT members gives a clear message to CEO Philip Jansen that he is not bringing his staff along with him in his future vision for BT.". The vote comes after reports that BT could be set to reduce its workforce dramatically to the 75,000 level although a person with direct knowledge of BT's strategy said that the number was untrue.

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