It's been 2 years since our last rise in London Weighting. Despite initial representations to BT, they seem to either fail or won't recognsise that the cost of living and working in London has continued to climb.
The last time we negotiated the London Weighting allowance, the CWU thought we had resolved the increases for the future. You will recall that a deal was done to increase London Weighting by 75% fo any pay rise achieved for our represented grades, with a review period set for 3 years down the line. Rather than reviewing, the Company renaged on the agreement. We had one further increase, but have now received nothing for two years.
Meanwhile, the cost of housing in London constantly increases, the cost of travel rises annually by at least 4% and the cost of food in the City continues to rise where you have to take out a loan to buy a sandwich and a cup of tea.
The Company has been employing team member grades in vast numbers over the past 18 months. It has not been lost on us are the reports that come back to us indcating the problems that BT are having employing people in the London area because of the pay levels. This is exactly the reason why the London Weighting allowances was introduced in the first place, and and increase could make employment easier.
So, what can you do to help the campaign:
You should take every opportunity to raise the spectre of London Weighting with you management.
At team meetings and one-to-ones, ask your manager why BT will not agree to raise the allowance. leave them in no doubt that you deserve a rise and how difficult it is to live and work in London.
If your manager can't give you a direct answer, ask him to take your questions away and seek an answer from senior management.