As you will be aware, 170 Openreach Repayment Project Engineers will take strike action on Wednesday 24th Feb and Thursday 25th Feb. For many, this will be their first experience of industrial action. We have lots of plans to support them and raise the profile of the dispute.
One thing we want and need your support on, is to let these workers know that although their dispute is small in numbers, it has the support of the whole union and indeed the wider movement.
With this in mind, we are hosting a mass solidarity event via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday 24th February.
We would like all members to join the call to show solidarity.
Please register via this Zoom link and the event link and passcode will be sent directly to you.
At the event you will hear from speakers across the CWU and wider movement. This is a fantastic opportunity to show our RPE members that they have the support of every single CWU branch, across both constituencies.
14th February 2021 – Openreach Repayment Project Engineers (RPE) 48 hour strike.
The 170 Openreach Repayment Project Engineers (RPE) are set to go on a 48 hour strike in a weeks time after the CWU and BT failed to reach an agreement over the imposition of grading changes, which would affect areas like salaries, annual leave and terms for newcomers.
This is potentially a test case for the CWU, in prepartion for the prospect of wider strike action across all business units within the BT Group, over changes to redundancy terms, compulsory redundancies, office closures and associated job losses.
As per previous announcements, 86% of RPEs have voted YES, on a 94% turnout, to take industrial action. This initial action will take place on Wednesday 24th February and Thursday 25th February 2021.
The vote by the RPEs to strike follows a consultative ballot of CWU members across all of BT. A 70% turnout in that ballot resulted in nearly 98% of members voting in favour of Industrial Action to defend jobs, terms and conditions.