Openreach - Working Together
Since Conference, the National Team (NT) has held a number of meetings with Openreach to discuss the Working Together (WT) programme. These discussions have concentrated on how we now deal with the issue following the carriage of Emergency Motion E6 which contained the agreed principles under which any site rationalisation programmes should be dealt with.
The discussions have been challenging and the NT has made clear to the company that any outcome to the process must be achieved by strictly adhering to the agreed principles. The NT has also set out very clearly that our policy remains to maintain the highest number of highly skilled, highly graded roles in as many locations as possible.
The NT has been provided with additional data which shows the number of individuals who currently cannot travel to one of the initially identified sites (including Ashton, Brentwood and Cambridge). There are elements of the data we have requested that has not been provided. This is being pursued in order that we can have a more informed debate. The NT has shared the information we have received with our SPOCs and we have jointly debated the way forward, including the process for identifying additional sites in line with principle 9, reproduced below for clarity:
Where appropriate utilise additional sites which can bring people together in locations with the aim to minimise the number of people who cannot work at, or travel to, an initial proposed site. These additional sites will be operated on the same basis as the initial proposed sites, e.g. longevity, filling of vacancies and cross LoB transfers.
The discussions will encompass utilising additional sites which can bring people together in locations with the aim to minimise the number of people who cannot work at, or travel to, an initially proposed site.
Our priority will be to minimise the number of people who cannot travel to sites overall and if it enabled a new site to be viable, we will be discussing the possibility of moving people from existing sites.
Given the above approach those who currently work in an existing site, are mapped to an existing site or have already moved to an existing site could be subsequently required to work at one of the newly identified sites.
The NT is also concerned that the three 'satellite' sites have not been redesignated in terms of the contents of principle 9 and are pursuing this issue on behalf of members currently located in those sites.
This is a critical period for the CWU and its members as we seek to deliver an outcome which meets the terms of the agreed principles and also the CWU's policy as set out above. SPOCs and the NT will be engaging with Branches in the coming days regarding the potential local impact of these discussions and it will be the subject of a debate at the Openreach Briefing Committee on 11 June 2015 in Headquarters.
Please find attached copies of the huddle packs for Infrastructure Delivery (ID), Service Delivery (SD), Customer Service (CS) and Business & Corporate (B&C) units. These set out the company's current functional plans in the business units. It should be noted that as a result of our joint discussions on additional sites, some elements of the functional plans in all four business units may change.
Managers will be holding huddles, using the attached documentation, with their team followed by 1:1s to discuss the impact for individuals in relation to future training plans, etc. This continues to be a period of great uncertainty for all our members and it is important that the CWU at all levels supports individuals as required.
Any enquiries from Branches regarding the contents of this LTB should be referred to my office in the first instance.