New proposal on pay terms & conditions at the BBC
4 May 2018
Following breakthrough talks, a significantly revised proposal on pay and new terms and conditions has been secured by the NUJ and joint unions Bectu and Unite.
NUJ members will now get to vote on whether they accept the proposal, which includes a 3 year deal on pay, backdated from August 2017 and running until the end of July 2020. The offer is for 2 per cent in 2017/18, 2 per cent in 2018/19 and 2.5 per cent (or the licence fee settlement percentage if higher) in 2019/20.
NUJ reps from across the BBC voted to recommend the revised deal to members at a packed MFoC meeting this week. The proposal offers significant improvements to a suite of terms and conditions, covering pay, London weighting, pay progression, parental leave, sick pay, contracts of employment and new approaches to weekend pay and night working.
NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, who led a team of NUJ reps and officials at talks brokered by ACAS, welcomed the new package:
"The greatest asset our public service broadcaster has is its staff – the team of journalists and programme makers that make up the NUJ’s membership at the BBC are passionate about their work and it was vital for the NUJ to ensure any new set of terms and conditions, and any new approach to pay, is fit for purpose.
"For the past 21 months the unions have worked hard to identify areas of change needed at the BBC, and to improve the wide-ranging proposal to revamp terms and conditions. This final strait of negotiations with the BBC made significant headway and successfully addressed a number of important issues that required progress and agreement. NUJ reps welcomed this, and it’ll now be for our members to consider and vote on.”
The ballot will open on 21 May and close on 8 June.