Union threatens industrial action at O2 over principle

Industrial action at telecoms provider O2 is inevitable unless the company budges on a final pay offer, according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Delegates at the CWU’s Telecoms Industry Conference in Blackpool voted unanimously for “any action necessary up to and including industrial action to receive a fair and just settlement”.

The union claims many staff will receive no consolidated pay rise at all for at least seven years under current plans.

CWU assistant secretary Dave Johnson – the union’s lead negotiator on O2 issues – told the conference the issue no longer amounted to a difference of opinion simply about the money on offer to union members but was about principles and ideology.

“There are a number of issues which are of fundamental importance to us as a trade union and more importantly to our members in O2 who quite rightly feel demoralised, undervalued and extremely bitter about the way in which this company has treated them,” he said.

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