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Author Topic: BT Group Complete Transfer of 31000 UK Employees to Openreach  (Read 376 times)


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BT Group Complete Transfer of 31000 UK Employees to Openreach
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:18:26 AM »

BT has today announced that 31,000 of their employees have officially been transferred (TUPE process) to become part of an “independent workforce” under Openreach, which is a key part of Ofcom’s requirement that the network operator become a “legally separate” company (a wholly owned subsidiary of BT plc).

On top of that it’s also been announced that BT’s Northern Ireland Networks engineering division is to be rebranded ‘Openreach Northern Ireland‘. The Northern Ireland Networks team will thus report into Openreach, albeit retaining their local management team and organisational structure.

Both developments stem from Ofcom’s 2016 Strategic Review, which ruled that Openreach still had an “incentive to make decisions in the interests of BT, rather than BT’s competitors, which can lead to competition problems” and that they had failed to “sufficiently” consult rival ISPs (i.e. those using their network) on future “investment plans that affect them.” They were also deemed to have under-invested in their network.

In response BT and Ofcom reached a voluntary agreement, which aimed to boost competition by giving rivals easier access to the operator’s infrastructure and fostering an independent governance structure for Openreach, as well as tougher minimum service quality standards, separate branding, new consumer protection measures and better information sharing etc.

Back in June 2018 the regulator reported that Openreach was making “satisfactory” progress with their efforts to become a distinct company away from BT. However they also called for “bolder” commitments for the rollout of FTTP based “ultrafast broadband” connectivity and highlighted problems with implementing the aforementioned TUPE transfer of employees, as well as some changes in N.Ireland. But progress has been made.

    Mike McTighe, Openreach Chairman, said:

    “This is an important day for Openreach as we’re fulfilling the commitments to Ofcom under the Digital Communications Review.

    Openreach now has its own Board, greater strategic and operational independence, a separate brand and an independent workforce – and we’re ambitious for the future.

    We’ve set out a clear plan to invest in new, more reliable, future-proof broadband technology, and we’re right in the middle of our largest ever recruitment drive for 3,500 engineers – so it’s an exciting time to be part of Openreach Limited.

    We’re determined to continue improving customer service, collaborating closely with our customers, and spearheading the national rollout of next generation broadband networks.”
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Re: BT Group Complete Transfer of 31000 UK Employees to Openreach
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 12:30:00 PM »

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