BT peace offering
is offering disgruntled workers £28m in bonuses as it seeks to ward off the first strike at the telecoms giant in nearly a quarter of a century.
Some 55,000 engineers and support staff have been offered performance-related top-ups of £250 this year and next, which BT hopes will repair its fractured relationship with the Communications Workers Union.
The bonus offer comes on top of a proposed two-year pay deal, which would give BT blue collar staff a 2pc salary increase in 2010 followed by a 3pc hike in 2011.
Andy Kerr, deputy general secretary of the CWU, accused BT (down 2.8p to 125.7p) of ‘blatant double standards’ in how it rewards employees.
He said: ‘Staff are comparing this offer with the large salary rises and bonuses for senior executives’, including a 7pc pay increase for finance chief Tony Chanmugam.
The CWU is planning to ballot on strike action, raising the prospect of BT’s first national walk-out since 1987.