BT Pay - No To A Pay Freeze!
9 April 2009
The CWU negotiating team met with BT on 31 March 2009, when the company made no movement away from its position of a pay freeze.
NO TO A PAY FREEZE!
YES TO A SIGNIFICANT RISE THROUGH NEGOTIATION!
BT has responded verbally to the CWU’s formal letter of 23 March, reiterating that the company faces serious challenges as a result of the current economic downturn.
BT confirmed that bonuses for NewGRID sales grades would not be affected by the pay freeze, but said that it was looking at the affordability of incremental pay progression, on which it would give its assessment formally in writing. The CWU made it clear we are in no doubt that incremental pay is a contractual right, and that we will remain steadfastly opposed to any attempt to withdraw or reduce the current arrangements.
For CWU members, a pay freeze amounts to a pay cut because of the disproportionate impact on low and middle income households of high price rises on essential items. CWU represented employees deserve to be rewarded appropriately for the extra pressures they are experiencing in meeting the company’s ongoing commercial and competitive challenges. In this environment, BT’s success will rely more than ever on its ability to motivate its staff effectively and reward them commensurately for their hard work and commitment.
Although the company and the union are facing a potential impasse, the possibility of movement on the part of BT still remains while talks continue.
Your union remains fully committed to seeking a significant increase in real terms through negotiation, but in the absence of an agreed settlement during the next few days we continue to face the prospect of an industrial action ballot in support of our claim.
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