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BBC strike negotiations could be set to end

The National Union of Journalists and the BBC have reportedly reached an agreement over the organisation's pension scheme.

01 December 2010

There may be no more industrial action taken by BBC staff following successful strike negotiations between the National Union of Journalists and the broadcaster.

Last month, a 48-hour walkout led to parts of the organisation's output being affected after members of the NUJ created a picket line over planned changes to the BBC's pension scheme.

"We are pleased to say that discussions on behalf of the joint unions and the BBC reached a conclusion and an agreement in principle was signed," said Lucy Adams, director of operations at the organisation in an e-mail to its employees.

As part of the agreement, the broadcaster agreed that the company's career-average benefit pension would gain a contribution of up to four per cent every 12 months.

The conclusion of the strike negotiations may come as welcome news to BBC director-general Mark Thompson after the unions had threatened top stage further industrial action over Christmas if a resolution could not be reached.

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