20th May 2020 – Update
The Branch has received no information from Head Office with regard to the pay survey.
Interestingly, inflations figures released today, show that.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate was 0.8% in April 2020, down from 1.5% in March.
The Retail Price Index (RPI) 12-Month rate was 1.5% in April 2020 down from 2.6% in March.
24th April 2020 – BT Pay Survey
Members by now should have received a Union survey on BT’s Pay Offer. We would urge you to complete it.
6th April 2020 – BT Pay 2020
We have been in dialogue with the company, as much as we have been able in these difficult times, to discuss your pay award which is due on 1st April 2020. You will no doubt have received the communications from BT advising of the offer they are making. (BT Communications are below)
The CWU are disappointed with this offer, we believe you are worth more! You are the invisible group of key workers who have shown your unrivalled commitment to your work by being courageous and flexible to keep businesses and families connected, ensuring the population stay safe in their homes during these unprecedented times.
That said, whilst many workers across the country face losing their jobs, we welcome BT’s commitment to your job security, that is paramount. We also accept that BT may well have some significant financial challenges ahead and future reduction in revenue due to the fall-out of the Covid 19 pandemic ; however we believe that now is the time for BT to recognise your commitment by ensuring financial priority is given to front-line workers above any other financial commitments.
We are seeking an urgent meeting with the company to discuss their offer. Further details will be reported in due course.
Yours sincerely. Andy Kerr Deputy General Secretary
BT Communications – 6th April 2020
BT – standing by the country; standing by our people
- BT keeping the UK connected, safe and working, says Philip Jansen
- Commits to no job losses related to the coronavirus crisis for the foreseeable future
- Pay increase for key and non-managerial workers; pay freeze for managers
- Reconfirms award to all employees of £500 worth of BT shares in June
- Chief Executive to donate his salary for at least the next six months
BT is currently playing a critical role in powering the UK’s digital infrastructure, as well as keeping customers connected globally. Despite unprecedented demand for connectivity, BT’s fixed broadband network – the nation’s communications backbone, and EE – its number one mobile network, are both performing strongly.
We are prioritising support for critical services, specifically the NHS, from connecting the new Nightingale Hospitals to innovating to enable isolated patients to speak with their loved ones. This is why many of our frontline people – engineers and customer service colleagues – are designated as key workers by the UK Government.
BT is also working with Government on initiatives to support the country’s most vulnerable people and on the provision of data to guide public health policy. A raft of measures is ensuring that the company’s 30m customers have connectivity, flexibility and access to the critical services they need.
To reflect this vital role, BT announces today that, whilst ongoing transformation programmes will continue, no employee will lose their job in the foreseeable future – at least the next three months – as a direct result of changing trading conditions brought about by coronavirus. Throughout the same period, BT will continue to pay all employees’ salaries in full and – in line with its commitment to maximise support to the UK’s national effort – will not put any staff on publicly-funded ‘furlough’. We are currently supporting thousands of colleagues who are unable to work; have protected the jobs of 400 new engineers who cannot currently be trained; and are reskilling and redeploying many of our 4,200 retail staff to provide services to some of our most vulnerable customers.
To recognise these frontline key workers, who are doing so much to keep the UK connected through the crisis, BT has also decided to offer an annual pay increase of 1.5% effective from 1 July 2020 to its team members (non-managerial staff) in the UK.
At the same time, BT has decided not to make an annual pay increase to its managers in 2020/21.
BT also reconfirms its previous commitment to make an award of £500 worth of BT of shares to all employees in June. The ‘yourshare’ scheme amounts to around a £50m investment this year in making all BT Group colleagues shareholders in the company.
In addition, BT Chief Executive Philip Jansen has decided that, for at least the next six months, whilst the business works through the crisis, he will donate his salary to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal and to affected small businesses in his local community.
Philip Jansen said: “BT is stepping up, standing by the country in this time of need and standing by our people who are working tirelessly to keep everyone connected, safe and working. I have been extremely proud of the commitment shown by BT colleagues to support our customers in the last few weeks and want to recognise that. This is an unprecedented situation and I want to give our people some certainty about the months ahead. This period requires sacrifices from us all, and I want our people to know we are all in this together.”