Drip Drip redundancies at Talk Talk – now the flood! January 28, 2010Posted by alancwu in News.
Staff at Kelvin Close, Warrington, have been issued with 90 days notice of potential redundancy. The threatened redundancies will not just affect staff at Warrington, they will also affect staff in Talk Talk nationally as the company rationalises (that loathsome management euphemism) its workforce.
Talk Talk back office staff were called into a meeting in which it was confirmed that all non customer facing roles, at least those that are not made redundant, will be relocated to Preston and Waterford (Eire).
It is not clear how many redundancies will result from this blitzkrieg, but Carphone Worker has information from a senior management source that 500+ redundancies are likely in the run-up to the demerger.
This all out assault on staff has been dressed up in the usual cliches – “streamlining”, “improved customer service” etc. But the bottom line is loyal workers are facing uncertainty and potential unemployment – and all this as the company revises its profit forecasts upwards for the second time in two months.
What is depressing is the silence of the employee forums on the issue of potential redundancies – Talk Talk staff and their representatives aren’t stupid and the question has been raised time and again, it just hasn’t been answered by management. Until now.
In a related piece of news the same senior management source (cited above) has stated that managers in some areas of Talk Talk have been creating roles, outside the usual recruitment process, for favoured employees in a bid to protect them from the cull – while Carphone Worker applauds management efforts to preserve jobs we would expect such efforts to be fair and open and not just a matter of favouritism. If any Talk Talk employees have any evidence that this practice has occured in their area please contact us in the strictest confidence.
CWU members are urged to contact their site representative, or their local branch, if they are directly affected by this announcement or they have any related concerns. And please feel free to use this site to register messages of support.
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