Sep 12, 2013
Members of ver.di confront incoming CEO Timotheus Höttges.
Below: A light message tells Deutsche Telekom, "We Expect Better."
Last Saturday, 20 ver.di activists sneaked into a Deutsche Telekom-sponsored event in Berlin called "Long Night of Startups." When incoming CEO Timotheus Höttges took the microphone, activists stood up to reveal t-shirts reading, "We Are All Josh. We Are Not Disposable." And during the main event, a light projection danced on the walls, displaying messages supporting CWA.
The protest was the latest in an ongoing fight against anti-union tactics at Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile US. In May, the company unjustly fired a top-producing employee, Josh Coleman, a customer service representative in Wichita, Kan., because of his active union support. Since then, German workers have taken on Coleman's case as their own.