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BBC set to hold fresh strike negotiations with staff

Journalists to go on strike next month

29 October 2010

The BBC is set to hold fresh strike negotiations with staff after union members voted in favour of holding two 48-hour walkouts next month.

Members of the National Union Of Journalists (NUJ) will go on strike on 5th and 6th November and again on 15thand 16th November after rejecting the BBC's latest offer to resolve the long-running pensions dispute.

Journalists at the corporation are unhappy at the proposals to cap pensionable pay at one per cent from next April and then revalue them at a lower level.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general-secretary, said: "This massive vote against the BBC's latest proposal comes as no surprise, given the fundamental pay more, work longer, get less nature of the offer.

"NUJ members across the BBC have consistently dubbed the proposals a pensions robbery. That hasn't changed. The BBC have now left members with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions."

The broadcast union Bectu, which represents production staff and technicians, has accepted the BBC's offer.  

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