Connect (trade union)
|Date dissolved||1 January 2010|
|Key people||Adrian Askew, final general secretary|
The union was founded in 1912 as the Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectors. In 1947, the Society of Chief Inspectors merged in, and it adopted the new name of the Society of Telecommunication Engineers. Another merger took place in 1969, when the Telecommunication Traffic Officers' Association joined, with the name changing to the Society of Post Office Engineers, and in 1975 the Telecommunications Sales Superintendents' Association merged in, and it became the Society of Post Office Executives, by which point it had more than 20,000 members.
Around the turn of 1983, the union became the Society of Telecom Executives, then finally it became "Connect" in 2000.
Connect's final president was Denise McGuire, while its final general secretary was Adrian Askew. In 2010, Connect merged into Prospect, the union for managers and engineers.
Certain employers formally recognised Connect, for example, companies like BT Group, O2 plc, Yell Group, Guernsey Telecoms, HP, Vodafone UK and Kingston Communications. In these companies Connect negotiates on members' behalf.
Connect Members in BT undertook industrial action in 2008.
- Official Website
- Connect Leaning Connects ULR site
- Pay Fair Campaign Site
- Catalogue of the Connect archives, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
- Connect in Vodafone Blog for Vodafone members
- Connect South Non BT - Covers Southern England outside the M25
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