Unions slam BT pay freeze


Union officials have hit out at BT’s announcement that is to freeze pay rises for all of its 100,000 UK staff.

The telco wrote to all its UK employees on March 11 stating its intention not to award any pay increases this year. It blamed the “tough economic climate” and said it was “the right thing to do” after considering “the pressures the business faces”.

Connect has written to BT in a bid to reverse the decision.

A Connect spokesman said: “While we recognise the challenges facing BT, and have always been willing to help find solutions, we have written to the company to contest this approach and to seek immediate discussions to press for a pay review which achieves a fair balance between the need to reward and motivate managers and professionals and the need to manage costs.

“We do not underestimate the nature or impact of the current economic conditions, but neither do we underestimate the contribution of our members in ensuring the company can successfully get through these difficulties. We will make every effort to ensure that that contribution is fairly rewarded.”

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the freeze was “wholly unacceptable”.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: “BT is still making substantial profits and a real terms pay cut in those circumstances is an insult to staff.”

BT is also in the process of cutting up to 13,000 jobs in the UK this year.