Scottish MPs give backing to union recognition bid at BSkyB

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Scottish MPs give backing to union recognition bid at BSkyBOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Broadcasting trade union Bectu has gathered support from members of theScottish Parliament in its long-fought bid to get staff recognition rights atBSkyB. Independent MSP Damien Quigg, Labour MSP Scott Barrie, and parliamentarycandidate for the Scottish Socialist Party, Linda Graham, have pledged support.Bectu has accused BSkyB – the parent company of Sky Subscriber Services,which in turn runs the Scotland-based call centres – of unfair labour practicesfollowing a recent ballot. Recognition was rejected by six to one, but the union claims staff wereintimidated by management and a key trade union representative was harassed. In March, BSkyB group HR director Craig McCoy resigned after he threatenedthat jobs would be lost if staff voted in favour of union recognition. In a letter to staff in Scotland, McCoy said that BSkyB would consideroutsourcing its call centre operations if a vote for recognition of Bectu wassuccessful (see news, 18 February). Commenting on the case, Damien Quigg said: ” When people are challengedfor choosing to join a trade union, this amounts to institutionalisedanti-trade union prejudice.” Sharon Elliott, Bectu official, said: “Central to the union’s responseis the call for measures to outlaw unfair labour practices like those deployedat BSkyB’s call centres earlier this year, which really served to make a fairand free vote on the question of union recognition an impossibility.” BSkyB spokesman Julian Eccles said BSkyB will recognise any union lawfullyvoted for by staff. He confirmed that three of the heads of HR – Craig McCoy, Kim Lardge, headof HR for Sky Subscriber Services and Ann Necus, head of HR and development –have all left the company. By Quentin Readelast_img


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