Workers Vote in Favour of BT Pay Deal

Andy Kerr

Workers at telecoms giant BT on Friday voted 72 per cent in favour of a 33-month pay agreement with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

The 33-month pay deal will see BT workers get a two per cent increase to base pay plus a flat rate increase of £200 from 1st April 2014 which will be fully consolidated and pensionable. This will give members an increase between 2.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent depending on their grade.

The deal followed five-month long negotiations with BT. CWU represents more than 45,000 non-management BT staff, all of which will see a 2.5 per cent increase to base pay from both 1st April 2015 and 1st April 2016, also fully consolidated and pensionable.

CWU deputy general secretary, Andy Kerr, said: “We are pleased with today’s ballot results which show BT workers overwhelmingly endorse the excellent pay deal we have negotiated. Three quarters of the workers who voted are in favour of the pay deal.

“This pay agreement provides wage stability for all BT workers for the next three years, which has been welcomed by employees.

“BT has seen good financial results this year and it is right that the employees who have made a major contribution to that success reap the rewards for their hard-work and commitment. I’d like to thank our members in BT for their patience throughout these protracted negotiations.”

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