Feeds

O2 workers barred from AGM, says CWU

Oh no they're not, says O2

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

O2 employees who also own shares in the cellco have been prevented from appearing at the company's AGM today, according to the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

Reuters reports that union officials claim the ban has been put in place because of an ongoing pay dispute between staff and O2.

But a spokesman for O2 rejected the accusation telling The Register: "It's not true. All shareholders - including employees - are welcome to attend."

This latest scuffle between O2 and the CWU comes as the union is urging its 3,000 or so members who work at O2 to reject the company's final pay offer.

The ballot closes on Friday and the result is due to be announced early next week. If the pay offer is rejected then it could lead to a walk-out at the mobilephoneco.

Last month the CWU accused execs at O2 of being "fat cat" directors who have been "busy awarding themselves massive pay rises" while some staff haven't received a pay rise for at least seven years.

Senior union official Dave Johnson told the CWU's Telecoms Industry Conference in Blackpool: "They [the workers] are angry, and with every justification, at a board of directors who hypocritically seek to depress the wages of our members whilst at the same time awarding themselves significant increases in their own salaries and fees.

"There are many ways of describing this application of double standards...'the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer' is one; 'fat cats and feathered nests' also spring to mind."

Union officials are due to picket today's shareholder meeting with giant tins of cat food saying: "Nine out of 10 fat cats prefer O2."

In March the CWU said it was "shocked and dismayed" at an announcement by O2 that the mobile phone company planned to cut up to 500 jobs. ®

Related stories

Bubbly O2 reduces churn
O2 wins £390m ambulance deal
O2 workers set to strike over pay
O2 sponsors white elephant
O2 goes down the pan
O2 and EasyAir avoid High Court spat
200 IT workers face O2 axe
CWU 'shocked and dismayed' at O2 job losses

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.