BT Group - Pay 2014
Recommendation to Vote Yes in the Ballot
8 July 2014
Following protracted negotiations, the CWU has secured a final pay offer from BT for all Team Members who are NewGRID grades including all Loyalty Advisor agents.
Your CWU Executive recommends that you vote ‘YES’ to ’ACCEPT’ BT’s final offer which is fully outlined below.
- A 2.0% increase to base pay plus a flat rate increase of £200 from 1 April 2014 all of which will be fully consolidated and pensionable;
- A further 2.5% increase to base pay from both 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2016 also fully consolidated and pensionable;
- All of the above is pro-rata for part time employees;
- A permanent change to the annual pay review moving it to 1st January. This will be introduced from 1st January 2017;
- The above pay awards will flow through to all allowances which automatically increase with pay including the pay and pension supplement. For those allowances linked to a percentage of base pay then the increase will flow through automatically and those which are a lump sum will increase by 2.7% from 1st April 2014.
- If RPI is below 2% or above 3% in February 2015 or February 2016 this will act as a trigger for both sides to meet to discuss the impact and agree to seek an optimum position.
Members should note that the £200 part contained within the first year of the offer is NOT a lump sum payment. It is converted to the relevant percentage for each grade and is added to the 2%. In essence this gives lower grades a higher uplift on their salaries. The overall pay offer from 1 April 2014 averages out at 2.7% and our members will receive between a minimum of 2.5% for D1 grades to 3.2% for A1 grades from 1 April 2014 which is both above inflation and average pay settlements in the UK. This ensures that everyone will receive an increase in the first year equivalent to RPI and in some cases over 0.7% above RPI. For reference RPI is currently at 2.4% and in April 2014 was 2.5%.
There are examples for a range of grades both in terms of the first year and for the overall period of the offer in a letter being sent to all those eligible to take part in this ballot.
The CWU’s negotiating team has explored every possible avenue open to them and are satisfied that this is BT’s final offer and no further movement is possible. The CWU’s negotiating team is convinced that this offer is the best that can be achieved and this view has been endorsed by the CWU Executive.
Whilst it provides BT with three years of wage stability it also, more importantly, provides certainty of wage increases to our members throughout that period. The CWU is therefore in no doubt that this is the best offer that can be achieved through negotiation. Against this backdrop, the CWU Executive is convinced that this is an offer that must be recommended to members for acceptance.
The electronic consultative ballot (which is being conducted by Popularis) will run until noon on Friday 18 July 2014 and, if accepted by members, the pay award will be implemented in the July 2014 salaries and backdated to 1 April 2014.
Your CWU Executive urges you to use your vote and strongly recommends that you vote YES to "ACCEPT"!
- Please send us your views and questions to: BTpay@cwu.org