BBC workers to strike

Submitted by Matthew on 23 September, 2010 - 10:31

Trade unionists at the BBC have called two 48-hour strikes in their dispute over pensions. The first set will be on 5-6 October, the second on 19-20 October. Ironically the strikes, if successful, could disrupt coverage of the Tory Party conference and the Comprehensive Spending Review respectively. Members of BECTU, Unite and the NUJ are involved in the dispute.

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Submitted by vickim on Tue, 05/10/2010 - 20:41

BBC staff called off their 48-hour strike planned for 5-6 October. BECTU, NUJ and Unite are consulting members on an improved offer in the dispute over pensions, but it seems at the moment unlikely that members will accept it. There is no doubt that the threat of strike forced BBC management to move, but events were complicated by a letter from some BBC staff working on political broadcasts (not all of them union members). The letter regretted the timing of the first strike, which would have disrupted David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference. One problem with the latest offer is it offers more generous terms to existing employees but worse terms to new entrants, which would erode solidarity between members of the workforce.

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