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Staff overwhelmingly accept BT pay deal

Michael Garwood
August 5, 2010

BT staff have today accepted a new pay deal worth 9.3 per cent ending any threat of industrial action

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), who represents more than 50,000 BT employees in non-management positions, said today 86.6 per cent of its members have accepted a 9.3 per cent pay increase payable over the next three years.

BT had previously offered a two per cent pensionable pay rise from April 2010 and a three per cent pay rise from January 2011 but the union had demanded a five per cent rise for 2010/11 alone.

The agreement brings an end to more than eight months of negotiations, which in July saw the CWU ballot its members to take industrial action against BT for its continued refusal to negotiate. The ballot was later canceled.

BT staff will have their pay increase backdated to January 1, and will be implemented in to their August salaries.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: “CWU members have backed this pay deal with a strong majority which is great. It was a very hard set of negotiations including a ballot for strike action so this pay rise was very hard won.

“This pay deal provides stability and security for both staff and the company. It’s within the top range of pay settlements in the UK this year and provides certainty for our members at a time of economic instability.”

BT chief executive Ian Livingston said: “The agreement is good for BT, its employees, shareholders and customers. BT will benefit from a long period of certainty whilst our employees will have financial stability during uncertain economic times. I am pleased that we have been able to work with the union’s leadership to resolve this matter as industrial action would have been in no-one’s interest.”

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