BBC strikes looming as negotiations falter

BBC staff are likely to go on strike in October, despite director general Mark Thompson’s attempt at placating the anger behind the Corporation’s new pension proposals.

Representatives of the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Unite will consider Thompson’s alterations to the proposals and decide whether the strikes will go ahead.

The BBC has been served notice that union members intend to strike on the 5 and 6 October, and further strikes could come later in the month.

If they do, coverage of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences will be affected, prompting Baroness Warsi to ask what contingency plans the director general has.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said that staff paying for worse benefits was “unacceptable”.

“If the BBC fails to listen to the continued anger of staff we will be left with no choice but to strike to stop the pensions robbery.”

Earlier in the week Thompson sent an email to all BBC staff, outlining changes to the original pension proposals. However, the Changes to the original alterations have failed to ease staff concerns that they are losing pension benefits in order to cut what the BBC claims is a £1.97bn deficit.

This article appears in issue 252 of Media Digest.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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