Thousands of workers from BT and Openreach have walked out on strike today, the day after BT reported its revenues had grown for the first time in five years.
Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are on picket lines across the country having rejected an offer of a £1,500 pay rise.
BT came in for heavy criticism last month when The Big Issue revealed a BT call centre had set up a “food bank” for its staff to use.
At the time, Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said the revelation would “inspire people to vote for industrial action.”
Today’s action is the first national strike to affect BT since 1987, and marks the latest in a growing wave of industrial action as the country faces soaring inflation.
Despite Labour leader Keir Starmer’s instruction for MPs to stay away from picket lines, some of the party’s MPs have been making their presence known.