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NUJ suspends BBC pension strike

11 November 2010

BBC NUJ reps have voted by 51-1 to suspend strike action planned for Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November.

The suspension was conditional on the BBC rescinding disciplinary action against members overseas who took part in the strike action last week. The BBC has now done so.

The NUJ has therefore suspended the strike action planned for Monday and Tuesday to allow the talks to take place next week. The union remains committed to trying to make those talks meaningful and to reaching a negotiated settlement.

BBC reps, whilst we remain committed to trying to make the talks successful, have agreed to call further strike action in the event that the BBC fails to engage in any meaningful way.

The BBC's offer of talks comes following a successful 2-day strike on Friday and Saturday last week.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"We welcome the BBC's change of heart and agreement to enter talks following industrial action by thousands of journalists and other BBC staff.
"We will enter those talks determined to seek a negotiated settlement. But we remain committed, and authorised, to take further industrial, political and legal action in the event that talks fail to deliver a fair pensions settlement".

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