Union seeks O2 jobs reassurance as acquisition talks continue

Union seeks O2 jobs reassurance as acquisition talks continue

O2 UK chief Ronan Dunne is to meet union leaders next week to discuss the implications of the proposed takeover of O2 by Three’s owners, Hutchison Whampoa.

The talks follow demands by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) that O2 give assurances over job security for O2 UK’s staff. The union is also demanding meeting with Capita, to which O2 staff and services are outsourced.

Andy Kerr, CWU deputy general secretary, said: ‘We will be meeting with the CEO where we will be seeking assurances over the long-term job security of our members in Telefonica UK. We will also be seeking a meeting with Capita to discuss job security for those workers who have recently been outsourced."

Kerr added: ‘We hope that any takeover of Telefonica UK will protect UK jobs and maintain service standards for customers. O2 has been through a great deal of operational change in the last two years with the biggest outsourcing deal in the UK when staff and services were outsourced to Capita.

‘Staff working for both O2 and Capita will be concerned about what these latest ownership talks mean for their jobs and the future of the company.

CWU said it has been assured by Telefonica UK that the union will be involved in talks with a meeting scheduled for CWU officials to meet CEO Ronan Dunne on 2nd February.

CWU represents over 3,400 staff working in call centres, support and engineering roles across O2 and the associated Capita workforce.


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