BT Agree Three Year Pay Deal

Andy Kerr

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced a three-year pay deal following on from protracted negotiations with BT.

The union, who represents more than 45,000 non-management BT staff, has been in top-level talks with the company since February this year.

The pay deal which will now go to CWU members to vote on, includes:

•2 per cent increase to base pay plus a flat rate increase of £200 from 1st April 2014 all of which will be fully consolidated and pensionable;
• 2.5 per cent increase to base pay from both 1st April 2015 and 1st April 2016 also fully consolidated and pensionable;
•Pay awards will flow through to all allowances which automatically increase with pay including the pay and pension supplement.
•If RPI is below 2 per cent or above 3 per cent in February 2015 or February 2016 this will act as a trigger for both sides to meet to discuss the impact and agree to seek an optimum position.

The pay deal will now go to a ballot for members working in BT to vote on next week.

Andy Kerr, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “We are delighted to have secured this pay deal for BT workers, which provides wage stability over the next three years. This pay agreement is an excellent achievement and we wholeheartedly recommend a ‘Yes’ vote in this ballot.

“These negotiations have been extensive but we have reached an agreement with BT for a pay rise in line with RPI and above. We are confident that safeguards are in place to ensure our members are protected should RPI go up in years two and three.

“We would like to pay tribute to BT workers who have shown patience and resolve throughout these negotiations. Without their support this excellent pay agreement would not have been achieved.”

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