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BBC avoids walkouts with new pension offer during strike negotiations

Staff will not strike on October 5th and 6th

05 October 2010

BBC staff have suspended planned industrial action after the corporation offered workers an improved pensions deal during strike negotiations.

Broadcasting union Bectu, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Unite have all called off the planned walkouts on October 5th and 6th as they plan to ballot members on the new proposals.

"We have had a significantly improved offer from the BBC which we believe is the best that can be achieved through negotiation," said Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of Bectu.

"If it is accepted, all the action will be called off, but if it is rejected, strikes will take place. We welcome the movement from the BBC."

If the planned walkouts had gone ahead, they would have significantly disrupted the BBC's coverage of the Conservative Party Conference.

Further strike dates have been announced by the unions, including October 19th and 20th and October 25th and 26th. 

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