BBC pay deal heads off strike threat

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The NUJ has accepted the BBC’s revised annual pay offer of a 2.9 per cent rise, after a consultative ballot closed this week, writes Wale Azeez.

The revised offer was 0.2 per cent above the BBC’s original proposal of 2.7 per cent and 0.1 per cent above inflation when the offer was made. Inflation has since risen from 2.6 per cent to 3 per cent A total of 67.25 per cent of union members voted in favour of the revised offer.

BBC management had made the offer conditional on the understanding “that the industrial action ballot is withdrawn and that the BBC offer is presented to union members with a positive or at least neutral recommendation,” which all unions at the BBC agreed to. Improved offers were also made to journalists for night pay and maternity benefits, pushing the rise to 3 per cent.

BECTU has called off a strike planned for Friday and Saturday, following a revised offer on terms and conditions for transferring staff from BBC Technology buyer Siemens. A consultative ballot is set for 12 August.

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