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Acrimonious strike negotiations may lead to BBC staff Christmas walkout

No agreement has been reached between the BBC and the National Union of Journalists.

08 November 2010

Strike negotiations look set to continue as the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) reportedly remains in acrimonious talks with the BBC over pension cuts.

It has been suggested industrial action could be taken over the Christmas period if no breakthrough is made, which would cause more disruption to programmes being aired by the corporation and could result in managers having to work over the bank holidays.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said the second day of action had been "solidly supported".

"They have got so many things wrong, from executive pay to the freezing of the licence fee as well as the cuts to journalists' pensions," he stated, adding news programmes in Scotland had been "virtually written off".

Human resources director at the BBC Lucy Adams said it was difficult to see how the dispute could be resolved with the pension deficit being at least £1.5 billion.

Last week, London-based firefighters called off planned industrial action on Bonfire Night following successful strike negotiations.

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