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Virgin Media Seeks to De-Recognise UK Trade Unions

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UK based Virgin Media is seeking to de recognise its trade unions, according to a statement from the Communication Workers Union.

The CWU claims that the telco is to hold a ballot amongst Virgin Media staff who are part of the Access Division workforce -- mostly engineers -- to de-register their representation in favour of Virgin Media's internal 'Voice Forum'.

If the staff agree to the proposal, the company will likely serve a three-month notice period on all current recognition agreements.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: "The CWU is nothing short of astonished at Virgin Media's decision to effectively declare war on the UK trade union movement in general, and its own employees' democratically elected representatives in particular."

The CWU is encouraging people to vote to retain union recognition in the ballot. The union has members in engineering and call centre roles but only has recognition for collective bargaining for parts of the engineering workforce.

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