BT peace of­fer­ing

Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

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.

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