Industrial action is looming at O2, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) urging its members to vote against the operator’s final offer of a 2% pay rise.
Pay talks broke down earlier this month after O2 refused to improve its offer of a 2% pay rise for 4,000 call centre, engineering and specialist technician staff.
Union officials are questioning why O2’s sister company Manx Telecom has agreed to give its 300 workers a 3% pay increase.
A CWU spokeswoman said: ‘We want to know why O2 cannot offer the same increase to its workers that Manx Telecom has agreed to pay to equivalent workers. Both companies are part of the same group, after all.’
She added: ‘A 2% pay rise with no pay progression amounts to a pay cut, particularly with inflation currently running at 5.4%. Therefore we have rejected the final offer from O2. We will put the offer to a consultative ballot of our membership but we will be recommending that they do not take the offer for these reasons.’
O2 said: ‘We welcome the CWU’s intention to carry out a consultative ballot of members on our 2% pay offer. As we’ve yet to reach an agreement, we assume the CWU will not be supporting the offer. This will be disappointing as our offer is twice the current national average for the private sector, and supports our commitment to rewarding performance.’