Union Office, British Telecom, Becket House, New Dover Road,

Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3BB

Tel: 01227 760311 e-mail: cwumeridian@btconnect.com

Communication Workers Union  Meridian Branch

***OPENREACH – `Our Performance in SD’***

Changes to performance management in Service Delivery Field (this includes Regional Field teams, National Operations and Frames).


***General Election***

Secure your right to vote by the 22nd May or face the prospect of loosing your vote.


***Labour’s 20 point plan***

Labour is backing a comprehensive programme to strengthen rights at work, make sure new jobs are good jobs, and end the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job security.


***BT Consumer Summer Leave***

Dates for summer 2018 annual leave have been released. BT Consumer are staggering the release of them depending on which function you work in.


***BT Pay Result***

The Meridian Branch recommended a NO vote but as you can see from the result below, the membership have voted quite convincingly to accept.


***2017 Executive Elections***

Branch nominations and recommendations.

***National Elections March/April 2017***

You will shortly be receiving a ballot paper in respect of the above elections. The branch committee recommends you vote for the following candidates in these elections:


***OFCOM Digital Communications Review***

BT and Ofcom have reached an agreement, on the future governance of Openreach.  The settlement agreement will require Openreach to become a distinct, legally separate business within the BT Group.  



There have been an increasing number of reports of managers in BT Consumer operating outside Group policy on medical appointments. The CWU Consumer National Team has raised this with BT on a number of occasions and we are working to ensure that the Group policy is applied.


***BT Passport - New Document***

The Personnel Team were presented with a new BT Passport which brought together the separate documents that exists on the BT Intranet. The team secured some changes and the intent of the document still remains an important record for members covered by the criteria. Health, Disability and Caring responsibilities are now recorded within one document.


***Work Related Stress***

Work-related stress remains one of the top causes of sickness absence according to latest statistics.

Work-related stress, depression or anxiety is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.


***BT Quarter Three Results***
As a CWU member working for BT, you will no doubt be aware of the accounting fiasco in BT Italia reported in the press this week, alongside the challenges in BT Public Sector, which caused their share price to drop 21% and BT to announce that profits and revenues may flat-line over the next two years.  This will have undoubtedly heightened concerns for you.

***Terry Pullinger***

A Video message to members and activists.


***Royal Mail Pension Consultation***
For the latest information on the Royal Mail Pension Consultation, Click on the CWU-News picture above.

BT Smart Pensions: Inclusion from 1 Feb 2017

Most members of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) and BT Retirement Saving Scheme (BTRSS) who do not currently participate in Smart Pensions will be automatically enrolled into Smart by BT from 1st February 2017.


Pensions - Royal Mail’s Three Card Trick

Further to recent articles in the press concerning Royal Mail’s intention to close the Royal Mail Pension Plan from April 2018, this pamphlet is designed to alert CWU members to the implications of the closure of the Pension Plan and highlight the implications of the closure of the RMPP.


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Last year it came to our attention that there is no single place where individual annual leave entitlements are held in BT.  Therefore, there is no prompt from the Company when an individual’s annual leave entitlement increases in line with service. ..... More>

CWU Humanitarian Aid

Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) is the union's national charity. It is supported by Royal Mail and BT as well as thousands of volunteers and donors who take part in a wide range of fundraising efforts to help vulnerable children in the UK, Ireland, Eastern Europe and beyond in war torn countries, orphanages or other places of need.

CWUHA on the CWU website. link>>

To make a one-off or regular donation. link>>

Are you facing an Informal or Formal Warning for Performance?

We would advise any member faced with an informal or formal performance procedure to... More>

Fact Finding Interviews and the Discipline Procedure

If you suddenly find yourself in a Fact Finding meeting with your or another manager then you almost certainly will not have been warned...... More>

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CWU Harassment Helpline 24/7

Call 0800 107 1909

More Information available on http://www.cwu.org/ in the Members Area. Once you are logged in you can find the information under 'Harassment'.


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