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BBC set for strike negotiations after unions set walkout dates

Strikes could disrupt BBC coverage of major events

15 September 2010

The BBC is set for showdown strike negotiations after unions announced the dates for their walkouts in a dispute over pensions.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Unite and BECTU unions have notified the BBC that its members plan to hold two 48-hour strikes on 5th and 6th October and 19th and 20th October.

Journalists, technicians and broadcast staff will all be asked to take part, which would disrupt the BBC's coverage of the Conservative Party conference and the government's announcement on spending cuts.

Under the latest offer from the BBC, pensions would be based on average pay over a career and the firm would not cap growth on pensionable pay.

As part of the deal, employees would have to work until 65 rather than 60, while they would also have to pay a larger percentage of their salary into their pension.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said: "If the BBC fails to listen to the continued anger of staff at these unacceptable pensions changes, we will be left with no choice but to strike to stop the pensions robbery."

Unions will consult its members on whether to hold the strikes and make a formal announcement on 1st October. 

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