BT Pay Rise 2022

Everything is going up – let’s make sure your wages do too! – Facebook Live 7:00PM, Tuesday 19 April

Inflation has risen again – RPI is 9%. BT are imposing a pay increase without your agreement – which is less than £20 per week, this won’t even cover the rise in your food bill.

National insurance is going up, energy bills are set to almost double this year and transport costs are at a record high.

BT is a rich and profitable corporation and has a duty to ensure their employees can attend work, free from any worry about whether they can afford to pay their bills and feed their families.

You’ve contributed to BT’s profits and earned the right to a decent cost of living pay rise – £1500 doesn’t cut it – it’s your pay, you should have your say!

The CWU is holding a Facebook Live Event to talk to you about what you can do to fight back against BT. All members need to watch this broadcast which will go live on Tuesday 19th April at 7pm on the CWU Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.

Access the session directly via one of the links below.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/100064643414383/posts/354740893357355/?d=n

YouTube https://youtu.be/0faY-8kHmjQ

Don’t worry if you miss it, the session will be available for you to watch back at any time.

Andy Kerr

Deputy General Secretary T&FS


BT Pay Review 2022 – CWU reject final offer and prepare for Industrial Action Ballot!

Further to the briefing you received week commencing 28th March 2022. BT made a further pay offer which the CWU has once again rejected. The proposal of a flat-rate of £1500 fully consolidated rise (Pro-rata for part-timers) is simply not acceptable.

We have listened to your feedback over many weeks and continue to believe this offer is insulting considering the contribution you have made to the business,  many of you putting your lives on the line during the pandemic and significantly contributing to BT’s profits.

It is worth reiterating that in 2021 you had no consolidated pay rise, at a time when inflation was running relatively high and in 2020 you accepted 1.5% due to the unpredictable economic situation during the pandemic. Inflation has risen exponentially and household incomes are being tested to the limit in this cost of living crisis. National Insurance is increasing this month, meaning a cut in your take home pay.

BT are not listening to their workforce and have made the decision to choose profit and shareholder dividend over their greatest asset and those who are generating the profit.

The CWU negotiating team and the National Executive has listened very carefully to our members’ we made a claim that you should get a 10% pay rise; £1500 is not even half this in real terms and a mere fraction of BT’s profits. They can afford more and you deserve more.

We have come to the end of negotiations, BT have imposed this pay rise, without giving you the opportunity to vote on whether you believe this is an acceptable offer. We therefore have no alternative but to make preparations for a statutory industrial action ballot in pursuit of our pay claim.

It is vitally important that all members ensure we have your correct details, in particular your personal email address; mobile phone number and home address. We will need to send your ballot paper by post, it is therefore vital we have the correct home address details in order that you get your vote.

Please continue to tell BT their pay offer is not good enough, that you are worth 10%, by providing your feedback through your Customer Facing Unit’s ‘Workplace’.

This is your pay rise; BT must be left in no doubt about your expectations.

We will provide regular updates as we progress towards the ballot.

Andy Kerr
Deputy General Secretary T&FS


BT Pay Review 2022 – CWU rejected offer!

BT has made a pay offer which the CWU has rejected. The formal proposal is a flat-rate of £1200.   (Pro-rata for part-timers) Set out below are tables providing what this means in percentage terms for a range of grades. 

Based on feedback from you, the CWU believe this offer is insulting considering the contribution you have made to the business; many of you putting your lives on the line during the pandemic and significantly contributing to BT’s profits.  In 2021 you had no consolidated pay rise, at a time when inflation was running relatively high and in 2020 you accepted 1.5% due to the unpredictable economic situation during the pandemic. Rising inflation and the squeeze on household incomes means the offer of £1200 is a relative pay cut.    BT need to listen to its workforce and realise you are their greatest asset; they have a clear choice whether to prioritise shareholders or workers.     

The CWU negotiating team has listened to our members’ views and as a consequence we have made the case to BT that you should get a 10% pay rise; this is just a fraction of BT’s profits – they can clearly afford it. Now is the time for BT to put people before profit. 

We have further negotiations in the coming days, if BT are not willing to make a decent offer, we will need to start preparations for a statutory industrial action ballot.  We therefore encourage all members to ensure we have your correct details, in particular your home address. We need this to send you a ballot paper and without it you will not be able to vote.

BT need to hear your voices too – please tell them you are worth 10%, providing your feedback through your Customer Facing Unit’s ‘Workplace’. This is your pay rise; BT must be left in no doubt about your expectations.

Yours sincerely

Deputy General Secretary T&FS

Andy Kerr