Unanimous strike vote at AOL
1 August 2007
NUJ members at AOL (UK) have voted unanimously in favour both of strike action and action short of a strike over compulsory redundancies and lack of consultation.
The 100% vote yesterday (13/12) reflects the deep anxiety and anger of the AOL chapel. The chapel was told in September of the company's intention to cut jobs in the run-up to the sale of the Internet Service Provider to Carphone Warehouse.
No date has yet been set for any strike action, but the chapel is planning to talk to management next week and then announce their intentions.
Jenny Lennox, NUJ Assistant Organiser for New Media, said:
“I think the vote demonstrates how strongly the members feel about the planned redundancies. It will hopefully force the management to review their decision not to allow voluntary redundancies, something the chapel have requested on several occasions.”
Members in the Online Customer Experience department will still be employed by AOL (UK), owned by Time Warner, but, although they have been told that their department will be affected, they have not been told how.
Members are frustrated that a 90-day consultation period (due to end on 18 December) so far has not been meaningful. The only thing they have been told is that the company will not accept any voluntary redundancies, and this has caused widespread anger and deep concern.