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Secondment in BT

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Connect has issued guidance to reps on the external secondment programme in BT. As part of the company’s headcount reduction plans, we have been seeking to ensure that the company retains a focus on redeployment and re-skilling, and have reached an agreement with it on secondments – opportunities for people in the company’s redeployment unit to work in a separate organisation while remaining BT employees.

The company has operated secondments for years but this is a significantly stepped-up programme arising from its current difficulties. The agreement contains a number of safeguards for members and a commitment from the company to review its operation with us every quarter. It is also of a fixed term duration – it will end in two years.

Job security remains a key concern; the agreement on secondments seeks to deliver this, allowing redeployee members to stay in work, maintaining and improving their skills, while accommodating BT’s desire to reduce headcount.

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Written by Calvin

18/05/2009 at 12:12 pm

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