Hecklers disrupt O2 AGM
Shareholders walk out
O2's shareholder meeting descended into chaos today as workers tried to quiz execs over pay. Hecklers chanted "fat cat" as senior execs spoke to shareholders at the meeting in Reading.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) - which picketed today's meeting as part of its demands for increased wages for its members - reported that employee shareholders were not allowed to ask questions. In some cases the microphone was switched off mid-sentence.
Some small shareholders were so upset by events they walked out in disgust.
O2 blamed a "hardcore" group of union members for the raucous meeting.
A spokesman for O2 told us: "The CWU said they would disrupt the meeting and they did. This was regrettable and a number of small shareholders walked out because of the hecklers."
Earlier the CWU had said that O2 employees were banned from attending today's meeting - something denied by O2. ®
O2 workers barred from AGM, says CWU
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