It looks like we North Americans aren’t the only ones that think that employees should be compensated for BlackBerry use. 13,000 BT employees have banded together and decided to work only 36 hour weeks as well as turn off their BlackBerrys in a BlackBerry Strike of sorts after work hours in lieu of going on strike.
BT Connect users are seeking equal pay and changes to pay differentials, ranges, and progression and feel like they are being short changed when asked to user BlackBerry devices outside of regular business hours without compensation.
BT Connect members expect that their contracted 36-hour work weeks will end on Thursday. Union members will go home after they’ve worked their 36 hours as well as switch off their BlackBerrys in an effort to show BT just how much productivity is lost if employee doesn’t work outside contracted hours.