have been the chair of the branch since the previous Chairperson, Dennis
Noble, left the company a few years ago. The journey to this position
was one taken over many years since I joined BT in 1988.
Having joined the Union when I first
started with BT I was drawn towards being active in the Union after a
couple of years because I could see that some processes in the workplace
where not conducted as fairly as they could have been by some managers.
Starting as a union safety rep in my
local area I soon progressed to a geographical work place representative
and attended monthly branch meetings. It was here that I was able with
the help of the branch at that time, to take up the opportunity to
attend valuable courses at Alvescot Lodge, the union learning centre. It
was on the Union Learning programme I completed Health and safety
courses and really useful Union Skills courses.
I then settled into a long period as
a safety rep and geographical rep learning from my colleagues as much as
I could on the process with in the Union and the structure of the Union.
It has been over the last 11
years that I have had a more active role on the
committee and with in a short time I was elected as an
assistant secretary where I was able to attend meetings
and negotiate with management on issues and report back
to the branch. When the post of chairperson was vacated,
due to retirement, I put myself forward for election and
attained the post.
I am the branches officer which leads on most of the
Openreach issues but I also hold the position of the BT
Committee's Regional Secretary where we discuss issues
It is my belief that we are and should be a campaigning
branch in the CWU. I feel I was at the front when it
came to campaigning against the unfairness of IPoP and
performance management, I could see that the way some
managers would single out victims who where driven to
despair by the system and there managers bullied people
it just wasnt right, that's what drives me to work for
the membership in the south east .
I look to the membership for there support in picking
the fights with an employer to make a fairer work place
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