Strike ballot to go ahead despite BT offer

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Strike ballot to go ahead despite BT offer

Alex Scroxton
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has said it will press ahead with a strike ballot of 50,000 BT workers in spite of a revised two-year pay offer made by BT yesterday.

In a statement released following BT's offer on Tuesday, the union said it was willing to meet with BT to discuss the revised offer on the assumption that there was scope to improve the on the 2% base pay settlement, but said it would press ahead with the ballot regardless.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said he was disappointed that BT's material offer remained unchanged for 2010.

"As we've made clear, 2% is unacceptable for our members as it does not reflect the reward they expect given the contribution they have made to cost savings of £1.75bn and profits of over £1bn," he said.

"In addition, inflation is at 5.3% and staff are comparing this offer with the large salary rises and bonuses for senior executives which expose blatant double standards," he added.

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