Fight to keep final salary pensuions

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Union chapels in Cumbria and Wolverhamton currently campaigning against proposals to scrap final salary pension schemes may draw some comfort from positive negotiations at ITN on the same issue.

According to NUJ broadcasting organiser Paul McLaughlin, ITN management, despite claiming it would not move on the decision, had laid down new terms which members — who had threatened to go on strike — accepted at the last minute.

McLaughlin said: "At ITN our members voted for strike action and the employer had said from day one of the consultation that we can talk for as long as we like but nothing will change. Two days before the strike was due, suddenly something changed and they revised the proposals."

A motion was passed to instruct the NEC with the Broadcasting Industrial Council to step up the campaign to prevent the watering down of pension schemes.

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