T-Mobile fights UK union bidBy Drew Cullen
Posted: 28/04/2003 at 13:47 GMT
from The Register
T-Mobile has hired "union avoidance labor consultants" The Burke Group to fight a union recognition vote in the UK.
The Burke Group claims a 96 per cent strike rate in fighting 700 union recognition campaigns, although it's hit list is entirely American.
The Communications Workers Union has been recruiting among T-Mobile's 6,500 UK employees - 4,000 in call centres for 18 month. A ballot to establish union negotiating rights started last week and closes on May 9.
So will its imported union buster create "unbearable havoc" in the run-up to the deadline? Calling all T-Mobile staff: tell us what's going on, but remember to vote first.
A T-Mobile spokesman told the Financial Mail on Sunday. We're not anti-union but we do have issues with collective bargaining."
Oh really? So what about Germany, where, as FMOS notes, several union officials are on the supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's parent company.
So why is sauce for the German goose poison for the UK gander?