NUJ members accept improved BBC pay offer after calling off 12-hour strike

Members of the National Union of Journalists have voted to accept an increased pay offer at the BBC after strike action was called off last month.

Those working at the corporation who earn less than £50,000 will see their pay increase by £800, and journalists earning more than that by £650.

Staff were originally offered an “unacceptable” 1 per cent pay increase. In response, the NUJ, Bectu and Unite voted for action and a 12-hour strike was threatened for the first day of the Commonwealth Games before the BBC agreed to negotiate.

According to the NUJ, the result of the consultative ballot on the new offer saw 75 per cent of those voting choosing to accept and 25 per cent rejecting. Bectu and Unite members also voted to accept.

The NUJ said the deal includes a 2.7 per cent increase on floors and ceilings of pay grades, and that “management made concessions on a range of pay anomalies and grading issues and proposed a pay increase for 2015 of 2.5 per cent, with the same rate applied on all grade thresholds and all allowances”.

A statement added: “Tony Hall agreed to talks to address the pay inequities that exist in World Service and Monitoring.”

Meanwhile, the NUJ and Bectu are in the process of balloting for strike action over planned job cuts that will affect 500 people across BBC News and the World Service.

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