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To: Philip Jansen, UK Parliament

Keep BT desk based sites open in London and the South East

The Communication Workers Union has launched the #CountMeIn campaign with the London and South East Region's campaigning to keep sites open and save decent high paying jobs.

We need to BT keep sites open in London and the South East for non-management grades!

Please sign and share as far and wide as you can, for every BT member who is at risk we need 22 members of the public to sign!

Why is this important?

BT has decided as a part of the better work place program to close desk based sites in London and the south east of England and move this work further north and abroad. This will mean as over 4000 high paying jobs and livelihoods will be lost and gravely damage local economies.

Every member has their own reasons for needing sites to stay open.

Here are just a few of them;

- I'm signing to save my job in the south east

- We are going through a Pandemic and people are already suffering financially and psychologicaly, it will be unethical to force people out now. The desk based jobs are essential to delivery of services I wish the decision makers could see the impact their hasty decisions will have on individuals on the receiving end.

- I am being driven out of my job because of openreach wanting to move their base of operations to strategic sites with no consideration for the destruction and hardship it will cause. Dejected and heartbroken knowing the company I have been so proud to work for thinks so little of my contribution. Sad beyond words!

- I want my friend to be able to keep her job! She has given over 25 years to openreach. She deserves to keep her job that she loves!

- I am signing because i worked for BT in Brighton office for 15 years and to move it all north is a nonsense as lots of sites in the southeast have been sites of exilence many times

- It is ridiculous that BT are closing these key buildings in our capital city where so many long serving employees are based. Another example of a Senior Management Initiative which takes no account of the impact on it's loyal workforce!

- The skill, experience and commitment of desk based planners outweigh the short term Financial gain that Senior management desire

Jobs at risk:

BT TOWER 502
BAYNARD 843
DARTFORD 111
PURLEY 33
ALDERSHOT 236
COLUMBO 796
ILFORD MILL HOUSE 197
EDMONTON 187
SEVENOAKS WS 372
BRIGHTON WITHDEAN 266
CRAWLEY 126
CANTERBURY BECKETT HOUSE 247
AMBASSADOR HOUSE 99
FARADAY 724
Portsmouth Central 70
Worthing Swandean 40
TOTAL 4,849

staff numbers estimated at the time of publication

London, UK

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL


Reasons for signing

  • To support the fight against a bad business decision.
  • Moving the whole all of the service platform teams out of London to Birmingham will mean BT lose a valuable skilled workforce that maintain the biggest voice platforms, the people I work with go above and beyond and this is not what they deserve. Why was relocating to another London office not an option?
  • We need a desk presence in the south east end of

Updates

2021-02-18 13:57:02 +0000

Rosie Duffield backs our campaign!
https://twitter.com/RosieDuffield1/status/1362399895118884866

the MP Canterbury, Whitstable, the villages took to twitter to promoted the petition!

2021-02-15 13:30:43 +0000

Wes Streeting backs our campaign!
https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/1361291402492133377

The MP for Ilford north took to twitter to committed to writing to the company.

2021-02-15 09:07:03 +0000

Out rage from memebrs as BT CEO says 'We've been on pause for compulsory redundancies since 1984,'!
https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-9256973/BT-boss-reveals-bold-plan-giants-like-Apple.html

BT's CEO Philip Jansen caused out rage with CWU members at risk of conclusory redundancy this Saturday, with incendiary quotes taking aim at the union and our members.

adding insult to injury the CEO said Of the staff who face redundancy he adds: 'Our plan is to deal with those people professionally, elegantly, in a classy way.'

2021-02-12 15:38:14 +0000

Virendra Sharma backs our campaign
https://twitter.com/VirendraSharma/status/1360243534540980229

Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing and Southall has tweeted his support for the campaigning calling out BT's actions!

2021-02-11 15:50:23 +0000

Kate Osamor backs our campaign
https://twitter.com/cwuglc252/status/1359891770558083074

We are immensely grateful for Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton supporting of our campaign! Our members in Edmonton Telephone Exchange thank you!

2021-02-11 10:54:21 +0000

Unmesh Desai AM backs our campaign
https://twitter.com/unmeshdesai/status/1359812884134457347

Unmesh Desai London Assembly Member for City & East has given a message of support and solidarity to our members at risk. this is great news as we reach 1,642 signatures.

why not contact your local politicians and ask them to join the campaign?

2021-02-10 22:16:07 +0000

MP Jon Cruddas backs our campaign!
https://twitter.com/JonCruddas_1/status/1359593795407519751

Jon, a long time supporter of the CWU took to twitter and Facebook to share the petition and call other local CLP's to do the same.

keep an eye out for more endorsements as we take the campaign further.

Will

2021-02-10 14:02:28 +0000

1,000 signatures reached