Feeds

BT workers get strike ballots

Stand-off sees throw-down

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

BT workers will receive ballot papers early next week, as they go to the polls over what would be their first strike since 1987.

Talks over pay broke down last week and it's now expected that 55,000 members of the Communication Workers Union will vote to walk out.

They are demanding a five per cent pay rise this year. BT has offered two per cent this year and three per cent next year.

Neither side have moved in the last two weeks, setting the scene for a protracted strike.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: "This is about fairness and reality.

"Our members have had a pay freeze, pension changes and redundancies over the last two years but now the company is profitable, inflation is high and BT is paying out big money to shareholders and senior executives. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for our members."

BT returned to profitability last month, after losses from disastrous management of its Global Services division led to a round of deep cuts.

BT has argued a walk-out will be self-defeating as it will damage the company. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
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.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.