BT union confirms strike ballot

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The result of the ballot is expected on 5 July

The union representing BT workers has confirmed that it will ballot its members on possible strike action.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) had previously announced plans to open a ballot, but earlier this week BT made an improved pay offer to staff.

The union said the offer had "failed to make any material improvement" to pay in 2010 and ballot papers would be sent out on 18 June.

BT said it was "astonished" the CWU had rejected its revised offer.

The ballot will close on 5 July with the result expected the same day.

BT replaced a single-year offer of a 2% rise, with a two-year deal, offering 2% in the first year, followed by 3%.

However, the CWU is seeking a 5% rise this year.

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