BBC strike off as new deal is offered
18 July 2014
A strike scheduled for the first day of the Commonwealth Games at the BBC has been called off, as management returned with a new offer on pay.
Members of the NUJ at the corporation will now be balloted on the new deal.
The BBC had originally offered a 1 per cent pay increase. Its latest offer is £800 for those earning below £50,000; with £650 payable on 1 August, and a further £150 on 1 January 2015 and £650 for those earning above £50,000; with £500 payable on 1 August and a further £150 on 1 January 2015. The new offer also now includes a 2.7 per cent increase on the floors and ceilings of grades and all allowances, thresholds which have been eroded in previous years.
The management also made concessions on a range of pay anomalies and grading issues and proposed a pay increase for 2015 of 2.5 per cent, with the same rate applied on all grade thresholds and all allowances. Tony Hall has also agreed to talks to address the pay inequities that exist in World Service and Monitoring. The consultative ballot on the new deal will run from 22 July and close at noon on Tuesday 5 August. Members of Bectu and Unite unions are also to be balloted.
The NUJ has called a meeting of its Mothers and Fathers of Chapel at the BBC next Friday (25 July) to discuss the offer and also serious issues over the way the BBC intends to conduct its proposed job cuts in News.
The BBC announced the loss of 415 posts over two years – affecting 500 people – across news, including the World Service. It is also creating 195 new roles -- with a net reduction of 220.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said the job cuts will "undermine the ability of journalists to deliver quality content" and said it was unacceptable that it planned to waste licence-fee payers' money to get rid of talented staff while creating new jobs for management cronies.