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Unions fight to save BBC pensions

14 June 2010

Unions representing BBC staff are fighting to save the corporation's pension schemes. Officials from the NUJ, BECTU and Unite have written to BBC managers.

Staff fear that BBC managers will seek to address an expected shortfall in the funding of the staff pension by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution scheme, increasing the retirement age and asking members to pay higher contributions,

The unions' letter reinforces the position "that the joint unions have for many years consistently supported the continuation of a defined benefit pension scheme".

The unions have called on the BBC, in considering how to address the likely funding shortfall, to listen to union demands for:

  • The continuation of a good defined benefit pension scheme
  • All three schemes to remain open
  • No change to the current retirement ages
  • No change to the accrual rates
  • No further increase in member contributions.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The defined benefit pension scheme is an important part of the pay package for BBC staff. We would strongly resist any proposal to axe the scheme or unfairly shift the burden for the shortfall on to hard-working staff."

The BBC's proposals to address the shortfall are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

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