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BBC strike ballot

Issue No. 2009

The four unions at the BBC are set to ballot their thousands of members to strike over pay, pensions and compulsory redundancies.

Members of the NUJ, Bectu, Amicus and the Musicians Union are angry after management awarded themselves huge pay rises while workers were only offered 2.6 percent.

Director-general Mark Thompson was awarded an 8.7 percent pay rise to take his basic salary to £619,000 a year. Management are slashing thousands of jobs, which led to a one-day strike last year.

Workers are also worried by plans to attack their pensions.

The unions met on Monday of this week to discuss their response to management’s pay rises. Pete Murray, a member of the NUJ national executive and deputy father of the chapel at BBC Scotland, told Socialist Worker, “The unions agreed on everything and decided to go for an immediate ballot.

“The ballot papers could go out in the third week of July and finish by the end of the first week in August, so we could be looking at action in mid-August.

“The scale of the executive bonuses is piling insult upon injury. It seems to be one law for the management and another for us.

“It is very shortsighted as parliament is looking into the BBC funding. They have undermined this for the rest of us by sticking their noses in the trough.

“We don’t really have any option but to take more action. The whole BBC workforce will be balloted, including the two privatised sections, BBC Resources and BBC Worldwide.”

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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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