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BBC workers ballot on pay and pensions offer

Issue No. 2011

Unions at the BBC have begun balloting their members on a new offer on pay and pensions, without any recommendation.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bectu and Amicus agreed on holding the vote after a meeting of their reps last week.

The BBC has deferred its plan to increase the pension age from 60 to 65 and delayed the 7.5 percent increase in pension contributions for six months. It raised its pay offer from 2.6 to 2.8 percent.

The BBC still plans to close the final salary pension scheme to new workers.

Many BBC workers are disappointed that the unions did not reject the deal and move forward to ballot for action.

Pete Murray, a member of the NUJ national executive and deputy father of the chapel at BBC Scotland, told Socialist Worker, “There is still a lot of anger against the huge pay rises that management awarded themselves.

“It will be disappointing if they are allowed to get away with that. I hope the anger is reflected in the vote.”

The ballot closes in early August.

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Sat 29 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2011
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