BBC journalists to strike against 'pensions robbery'
28 October 2010
Journalists across the BBC are to strike at plans to make them "pay more, work longer and receive lower pensions".
70% of NUJ members rejected the BBC's latest pension proposals. Union reps today agreed plans for a series of strikes and other industrial action with the threat of a walkout at Christmas on the cards.
NUJ members will strike for 48 hours on 5 and 6 November and again on 15 and 16 November, with further dates to be named in the coming days. Union members will also refuse to take on additional duties or volunteer for acting up duties as part of an indefinite work to rule.
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 has now left members with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions.
"Under the proposals people will be much poorer in retirement and the value of their pensions will be threatened every year by inflation. Staff are angry at continued management excess, believe they have been sold down the river in recent negotiations with the government and refuse to pay with their jobs and their pensions."