Workers at the BBC could join the pay revolt. A national meeting of Bectu, NUJ and Amicus union reps voted unanimously last week to reject the BBC’s pay offer.
It is a 3 percent increase in August 2007, and 2 percent the following year.
Delegates said they “will move immediately to an industrial action ballot” unless there are significant improvements. BBC managers responded by offering further talks.
Pete Murray, the deputy father of chapel (workplace union rep) at BBC Scotland, attended the meeting last week.
He told Socialist Worker, “I was impressed by the fighting spirit across the unions. We are one step away from a ballot.
“The BBC has offered us a below inflation pay offer and is also threatening to put up workers’ pension contributions.”
Workers are also worried that there will be more job cuts because the licence fee formula will leave the BBC underfunded. Workers struck solidly in 2005 against management’s plans to slash over 3,000 jobs.