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BBC workers vote for strike ballot over pensions

Issue No. 2210

BBC workers have a history of fighting cuts   (Pic: Smallman )

BBC workers have a history of fighting cuts (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Workers at the BBC have responded to bosses’ plans to cut their pensions by packing into union meetings and voting for strikes.

Workers in the NUJ, Unite and Bectu unions are furious at the BBC’s plans to cap the amount of future pay increases that are pensionable at just 1 percent.

In Belfast, over 100 furious workers voted almost unanimously for strikes.

Two meetings had to be held because of the number of workers trying to get into the room.

At the BBC’s White City headquarters one union meeting was so full that workers spilled out into the corridor. The meeting voted unanimously for a strike ballot.

BBC workers have also voted for strikes at meetings in Cardiff, Birmingham and at TV Centre in London.

More meetings are set to take place in the coming weeks.

NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear said, “I have never witnessed so much anger among BBC staff.

“Unless management guarantee to protect the value of the pensions members have already earned, we will ballot for strike action.”

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