Staff to ballot on strike action over BBC pension plan

BBC employees working in Cardiff, Birmingham and at TV Centre in London are to ballot on possible strike action over changes to their pensions, the National Union of Journalist has claimed.

According to the union, hundreds of members of the NUJ and broadcasting union Bectu have condemned management proposals which include closing the final-salary scheme to new joiners and capping contributions of existing members.

Unions warned last week that a strike ballot over pay and pensions at the BBC seemed increasingly likely after talks with management ended without them reaching agreement on key issues.

The BBC had previously said that it intended to overhaul its pension scheme to tackle a £2bn deficit in the fund.

In addition to the proposal to change pension arrangements, staff at the BBC have been angered by a below-inflation flat rate pay increase of £475 for staff paid up to £37,726 a year.

According to the NUJ, more than a dozen meetings are expected be held at other BBC centres across the UK over the next two weeks to discuss a likely response to the pensions and pay changes.

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