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BT workers vote over pay strike

by Christine Lewis
Issue No. 2207

BT workers across Britain in the CWU union are voting on strikes over pay.

The case is simple: the company pushed through a pay freeze last year, slashed 30,000 jobs and worsened pensions.

On that basis it has recorded a profit of £1 billion. Yet now it still wants to ram through a below-inflation pay deal of 2 percent.

BT executive directors have received 5 percent or above on basic pay this year, plus generous bonuses and share awards.

Around 80 BT workers joined a protest at the company headquarters on Monday.

“Considering we do all the bloody work, it’s frustrating that management get all the rises and we get nothing,’” said a CWU member.

Every activist must push for the biggest possible yes vote in the ballot. But the debate should also start over how to make the strikes effective.

If 50,000 workers act together they can beat the bosses. They need to get out and stay out for as long as it takes, not just hold one-day action which management can work around.


The latest inflation figures show prices are rising at 5.1 percent a year according to the RPI measure. Even at the lower CPI figure, prices are going up 3.4 percent a year. So the 2 percent offered to BT workers is a big pay cut.


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Tue 22 Jun 2010, 22:49 BST
Issue No. 2207
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