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Activists leaflet BBC staff as strike ballot begins

6 August 2010

Union reps have handed out more than 10,000 leaflets to staff at BBC workplaces this morning, as the BBC pay and pensions ballot begins. All three trade unions representing staff at the BBC are leading a major campaign to defend pay and pensions at the Corporation.

In June 2010, senior management revealed plans to limit increases in pensionable salary to a maximum 1% a year and to close the final-salary scheme to new joiners. The proposed cuts to pensions will affect every member of staff at the BBC both now and in the future and the proposals seek to tear up the BBC's contract with staff on pensions.

In the past few months, union officials from the NUJ, BECTU and Unite have met with thousands of BBC staff up and down the country and support for the campaign has been overwhelming.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"I've never witnessed such anger at a BBC proposal. People feel betrayed by the BBC's broken promises on pensions and the reaction we got this morning demonstrated that BBC management needs to withdraw the proposals, sit down with the unions and negotiate a fair resolution to the pensions deficit or face determined industrial action."

Read the NUJ pay and pensions newsletter.

Tags: , BBC, pensions, cuts, ballot, broadcasting, bectu, unite