Threatened industrial action at BT cancelled

Industrial action at the UK's largest telecoms operator, due to start the day after the Bank Holiday, was averted as Connect and BT agreed on further discussions.

Connect, a British trades union for communications professionals, announced that it had reached agreement with BT that it would withdraw its notice for industrial action - short of a strike - to allow more time for further talks. The action was in protest against what Connect called "BT's unacceptable pay offer".

Connect, which represents around 14,000 BT managers and professionals, had announced industrial action after a postal ballot, in which over 81 per cent voted in favour of action, on a turnout of over 51 per cent. The action had been due to commence on 27 May.
 
The threatened industrial action was short of a strike. Connect was to ask its members to work contracted hours, but stop 'going the extra mile' for the company, making sure that they switch off their PCs, mobiles and BlackBerrys outside working hours, that they go home on time and take breaks and not travel outside normal working hours.

Image: Ian Livingston, who will shortly become chief executive of BT Group

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