Tens of thousands of BT workers were to begin a national ballot on the company's NewGRID pay and gradings restructuring package on Wednesday. The ballot will run for two weeks.
The deal is being recommended by the workers' CWU union, following a recent vote to back it at a special union conference. But many activists are unhappy with the deal and are rightly arguing for a no vote.
The deal falls well short of what could be won on issues like a shorter working week, and pay and pensions protection. The workers in jobs now will have their pay and pensions protected, but new starters will come in on lower grades.
The deal is really about tying the union into supporting and policing 'flexibility' and helping BT restructure the business. BT bosses are preparing to break the company up to placate City investors. The move will threaten thousands of jobs and workers' pay and conditions. The best way to prepare for the fight to come is to throw out NewGRID.