Jul 28, 2022
BT boss says pay deal is ‘history’ ahead of two-day strike action
The chief executive of Britain's largest telecoms group said a £1,500 pay deal offered to frontline staff was "History" and not open for negotiation as he downplayed the likely impact of tens of thousands of staff members striking on Friday and Monday. Asked whether he would consider increasing the pay rise offered to over 50,000 frontline staff in April, Jansen responded: "Why would I do that?", noting that more than half of staff had received what amounted to a 5 per cent pay increase. BT staff are among millions of public and private workers in the UK that are rallying against real-terms pay cuts as they face soaring inflation and a cost of living crisis. About 40,000 BT staff are set to begin two days of strike action on Friday, led by the Communication Workers Union, which is pressuring the company's management to walk back on what they deem to be an "Arrogant" and unfair pay proposal. Jansen received a 32 per cent pay increase to £3.5mn in the last financial year, owing to previous share awards.
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