CWU strike

Over 40,000 BT Group workers held a two-day national strike against real-terms pay cuts on Friday 29 July & Monday 1 August 2022

The announcement followed a Communication Workers’ Union strike ballot, in which Openreach engineers voted for action by 95.8 per cent and members in BT returned a 91.5 per cent majority for the walkout.

The dispute centres on workers opposing the imposition by the business of a far-below-inflation, flat-rate, £1,500pa pay settlement on employees, which is a dramatic real-terms pay cut when compared to RPI inflation levels of over 11 per cent.

It is also in the context of BT making £1.3 billion in annual profit, with CEO Philip Jansen gaining a £3.5 million pay package – a 32 per cent wage increase – while the Big Issue and the BBC have reported instances of BT offices establishing food banks to assist employees.

These members look after the vast majority of Britain’s telecoms infrastructure.

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