About 10,000 British Telecom network managers are to strike next Wednesday as part of a pay campaign led by the Society of Telecom Executives (STE).
The union claims the action by the engineers who run BT’s network and design and deliver customer systems will lead to delays in clearing faults and providing new services. From this week 18,000 managers will ban overtime. Selective walkouts will follow Wednesday’s strike.
BT maintains the action will not affect customer services. It has offered a performance-related pay rise averaging 4.5% plus up to 5% in bonuses, which it intends to pay from 1 April. But STE members are unhappy that BT is not offering a guaranteed minimum rise to all managers in line with inflation.
A BT spokeswoman said the offer was `good and fair’ and aimed at rewarding `best performers and those lower down the salary scale’.
Average pay rates for STE members range from £24,500 to £29,000. Simon Petch, the STE general secretary, said that as a successful company BT should `guarantee a cost of living pay increase to those who have built that success.’