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BBC strike negotiations to be held

The BBC is prepared to hold talks with the National Union of Journalists in order to prevent another strike, it has been reported.

11 November 2010

Strike negotiations are set to be held between the BBC and the National Union of Journalists to prevent a second wave of industrial action.

It has been reported that the corporation is now willing to conduct talks in order to prevent a planned 48-hour strike taking place next week.

The NUJ will meet today to decide on whether to discuss the proposal after the BBC's director-general Mark Thompson gave assurances that the broadcaster would reconsider proposed pension scheme cuts, should the deficit in its retirement fund scheme be less than £1.5 billion at its next valuation.

Gerry Morrisey, general secretary of the union Bectu, told the Guardian: "If the NUJ [does] want to come back into the fold they'll have to cancel the strikes on Monday and Tuesday … If they cancel the strikes tomorrow there will be talks with [BBC management]."

Earlier this week, Mr Thompson sent an email to BBC staff stating the corporation would not be holding a further round of strike negotiations as it had already reached resolutions with four out of the five unions representing its employees.

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