In a move to avert its first industrial action in almost 25 years, BT has increased its pay offer to 55,000 staff, the Times has reported.
Despite saying it would not increase an earlier offer of 2%, it is thought the new offer, made to the Communications Workers Union (CWU), is considerably higher.
The union had pushed for a 5% increase for its members, arguing that salaries should reflect the company’s improved performance, although the new offer is understood to be less.
BT staff did not receive a pay rise last year. The CWU threatened to ballot members about strike action if BT did not improve its offer.