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.