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NUJ agrees joint-union pay claim at BBC

4 March 2013

The National Union of Journalists has put in a pay claim of RPI plus 3 per cent to the BBC, as part of a deal with Bectu and Unite, for 2013.

The increase would be for all staff employed in bands 2-11.The same percentage increase would apply to all allowances and acting payments.The NUJ has calculated that in the past 10 years BBC staff have suffered a 15 per cent pay cut when inflation is taken into account.

The BBC Staff Survey found that almost a third of staff believed they are inadequately rewarded for their job.The Respect at Work review shows that the BBC has a significant problem with bullying and harassment. Morale is at an all-time low as the Delivering Quality First savings programme rolls out its 2,000 job cuts across all networks.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Our highly successful strike over compulsory redundancies is a sign of the mood of the BBC staff. They are fed up with bad management and poor pay. The BBC seems to be able to find ways to fund the large salaries many of the executives enjoy and there always seems to be money to pay for their pay-offs and perks. But the reality for many at the BBC is a mediocre wage that has been whittled away by inflation over the years. That is why it is vital that the pay award is in excess of RPI."

Eighty-five per cent of the BBC's 23,000 employees earn £21,788, the national median income in the UK.

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