BT staff accept pay offer

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BT workers have voted overwhelmingly to accept a three-year pay deal worth 9.3 per cent, bringing an end to months of negotiations and the threat of industrial action. Members of the Communication Workers Union voted by almost nine to one in favour of the increase, which is backdated to January.

Andy Kerr, the union's deputy general secretary, said: "CWU members have backed this pay deal with a strong majority, which is great. It was a very hard set of negotiations including a ballot for strike action, so this pay rise was very hard won.

"This pay deal provides stability and security for both staff and the company. It's within the top range of pay settlements in the UK this year and provides certainty for our members at a time of economic instability."