How employees are fighting back against sharp practice by employers in the states

19 11 2008

Should You Get Paid While Your Computer Boots? is an article on slashdot that comments on the recent trends in the USA for employers to try and dodge paying people while they are at work by claiming that waiting while a computer boost is not working time.

This was sparked by legal blog that covered the court cases that some employees are taking against their employers that are trying to get them to do unpaid work at the start and end of shifts to boot and shut down pc’s which in some companies amounts to an extra 1/2 and hour a day unpaid labour.

I hope that this is one of those crappy HR practices that do not make it across the pond but i’me sure some bean counter is gearing up to screw 1/2 an hours work out of some poor buggers.

Connect responds to BT Job Cuts

13 11 2008

Connect is in discussions with BT about specific proposals to reduce staff in the light of their second quarter financial results. 

Any announcement on potential job cuts will, of course, be of concern to our members.  All communications and ICT companies are operating in very difficult economic circumstances.  BT is a global business and is therefore at the sharp end of the global economic slowdown.  We are committed to working closely with BT to ensure that the interests of our members are protected in these challenging times.

From today’s announcement, it is clear that most of the jobs to be cut will be amongst contractor and agency staff.   Moreover the process of meeting this target of 10,000 job cuts is already underway. It is not a new plan. BT has provided assurances that every effort will be made to ensure that there are no compulsory redundancies. 

The company has reiterated its commitment to a voluntary approach and has indicated that there will be a proactive approach to redeployment and retraining across the business.   We will be discussing with BT how this process will be managed on a regular basis and as further details on these changes become clear, we will be communicating further.Connect members should contact our Helpdesk with any specific queries or concerns on 020 8971 6060.

Video From Connects Forum in June 2008

6 11 2008

Those of you who came to the Connect forum in Nottingham may remember being asked to immortalise on film what being a Connect member means to you. The film crew has collated a number of clips which have been called ‘People like you join’. These can be found on the Connect website on the ‘join online’ page.

This year the TUC featured a short film celebrating 10 years of the TUC Organising Academy starring none other than National Officer Steve Thomas and Senior Organiser Cait Hughes who explained how organising worked to gain recognition in Vodafone. This film can be viewed on the Stronger Unions page of YouTube.