Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/05/16/outrage_as_telewest_cuts_wages/

Outrage as Telewest cuts wages

Not happy bunnies

By Tim Richardson

Posted in Business, 16th May 2003 14:46 GMT

There's unrest at Telewest's Business Fault Centre in Peterborough after workers there were told that the cableco has decided to cut wages by around £1,100 a year.

Insiders angry at the decision have told The Register that the pay cut will take a sizeable chunk out of people's salaries.

As a result morale has plummeted since the 100 staff found out about the pay cut earlier this week. Many have already begun looking for other jobs.

Telewest says the pay cut has been introduced to bring the Peterborough Fault Centre in line with shift patterns at other Telewest centres around the country.

Workers remain sceptical, claiming that it's just a cheap shot to cut costs at the cableco.

A spokesperson for Telewest said the removal of shift allowances would affect around 60 staff but insisted that a new accreditation scheme would help "increase the earnings potential" for some staff. ®