Feeds

BT workers to ballot for strike

The Conservatives must be back in power

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Communication Workers Union, representing 55,000 BT workers, is to ballot staff on strike action against a perceived pay cut in the face of company profits and management bonuses.

BT has offered workers a 2 per cent pay rise, but the union argues that given an inflation rate of 4.4 per cent that actually means cutting wages by 2.4 per cent. That's at a time when the company is making pre-tax profits of a billion quid and dropping a £1m bonus to CEO Ian Livingstone.

The union reckons increasing wages by 5 per cent would cost BT £65.5m, but the company is having none of it and, the BBC reports, is polling its middle management to see what skills they might have that can be applied to the front line if the strike goes ahead.

BT argues that times are still tough, and while last year's pay freeze helped there's still not enough confidence to offers workers an above-inflation pay rise. The company does point out that Ian Livingstone turned down a £50,000 pay rise this year, and that the 2 per cent offer is in addition to a £500 bonus for workers - though half of that bonus is dependent on end-of-year targets.

The ballot will take a while to arrange, and both sides are saying they're still hoping a strike won't happen, but with such a gulf between what's being asked for and offered they'll have to be some remarkable negotiations to avoid the first strike at BT since 1985. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.