News : Ver.di Protests at Work Conditions of T-Mobile US Staff
Albuquerque, NM, USA, May 2015 -- A T-Mobile US call centre worker in Albuquerque in New Mexico, Carolina Figueroa, has urged shareholders of parent company Deutsche Telekom to stop worker harassment by management at the US subsidiary and encourage it to respect workers' rights to organise.
Figueroa is a member of TU, the union of T-Mobile workers. TU is an alliance of hundreds of call centre representatives, retail associates and technicians who are raising awareness about the issues and challenges they face at the new T-Mobile US.
They are working with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and German trade union Ver.di to build a movement for a union voice on the job and a fairer workplace. Thousands of Ver.di members have rallied and held actions against the unfair treatment of T-Mobile workers in the US, and workers on both sides of the Atlantic have created workplace partnerships to build solidarity.
T-Mobile US management recently announced significant nationwide changes in its call centre workers’ ability to request and receive time off, following weeks of public pressure by activists. TU members were also instrumental in a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that found T-Mobile guilty of engaging in nationwide labour law violations against its workers. The judge ordered the company to rescind its illegal policies and inform all 46,000 employees about the verdict and the policy changes. To date, the company has not followed the judge’s orders, nor has it appealed against nine of the eleven 'guilty' findings.
Earlier this month, Ver.di chairman Frank Bsirske submitted a petition to the German government, urging the parliament to use its shareholder power to pressure Deutsche Telekom into enforcing international labour standards at T-Mobile. The petition demands organising neutrality and the respect of workers' rights at all Deutsche Telekom sites abroad, and it asks the German government, which owns about 32 percent of the company, to investigate T-Mobile.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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T-Mobile is a mobile telephony provider, owned by Deutsche Telekom (the T stands for Telekom). It operates several GSM networks in Europe and the United States. T-Mobile also has financial stakes in mobile operators in Central and Eastern Europe. Globally, T-Mobile has some 350 million subscribers.
ver.di is a large German trade union with 2.2 million members. "ver.di" is an abbreviation for Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, which means "United Services Union." The headquarters of the trade union are in Berlin.
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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