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UK broadband could be hit by strike

Friday, May 28th 2010
A strike by BT workers could leave thousands without broadband.
UK broadband could be hit by strike
Broadband services all over the UK could be affected by a planned strike by BT workers.

BT, which supplies home phone and broadband bundles, will be facing a walk-out by workers after delegates of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) voted unanimously to hold a ballot.

A spokesman for the CWU told the Metro newspaper that "thousands and thousands" of homes and businesses could go without internet access if broadband crashes.

Strikers are angry about bonuses received by senior managers, such as the £1.2 million bonus for chief executive Ian Livingston.

Andy Kerr, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "This is about fairness. We don't mind senior executives getting bonuses, but we want all staff to share in the success of the company.

He said that staff have borne the brunt of the cost savings and have delivered the profits, but are being treated as an afterthought.

"Striking is a last resort and not something to be taken lightly," he added.

BT recently announced the roll-out of superfast fibre-optic broadband in Bristol, which may have to be put on hold if the strike occurs.

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