Petition calls for 'BBC pension bosses to face angry staff'

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More than 1,100 members of the BBC staff have signed a petition calling for an extraordinary meeting of the corporation’s pension scheme, according to a report today.

The move is a call on the trustees of the pension fund to face members of staff who are angry at planned changes and fear the case against BBC managements proposed overhaul is not being placed firmly enough, The Telegraph reported today.

The BBC is facing the possibility of strikes this autumn in reaction to management proposals to tackle a £2bn deficit in the corporation’s pension fund by closing the staff defined benefit pension scheme to new joiners and capping contributions of existing members to just a one per cent increase per year from next April, a move which has greatly angered staff.

BBC director general Mark Thompson attempted to curtail staff anger about the planned changes earlier this month by proposing to scrap pension top-up payments made to senior executives, totalling around £1m each year.

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