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BT workers could strike nationally for first time in more than 30 years

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BT workers are to vote on industrial action in a row over jobs, threatening the first national strike at the communications giant in more than 30 years.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said 45,000 of its members in BT, Openreach and EE will be balloted, warning a yes vote would have a “massive impact” on the network.

The dispute over compulsory redundancies and the closure of sites, has been running for over a year.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: “This is a decision we did not want to take.

“Last year, our members delivered a huge yes vote in a consultative ballot, but BT Group are still in denial.

“We want to assure businesses and the public that we do not want to see disruptions to services. This action is about protecting our members, but also it is about protecting the service they provide to homes and businesses.

“My message to BT Group is that our door is still open, and we want to resolve this dispute, but this will require a huge shift in attitude from the company.

“My message to our members is to continue supporting their union and prepare to deliver a massive ‘yes’ vote.”

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CWU general secretary Dave Ward added: “Thousands of our members across BT, Openreach and EE have been key workers during the pandemic.

“They have kept the country connected, held together the home working revolution and enabled the wheels of the economy to keep moving – all whilst dealing with the realities of the pandemic themselves.

“Their reward from BT Group has been the threat of compulsory redundancy or the closure of their workplace.

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