Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Strike Action Looms As BBC Pay Deal Falters

Last-ditch efforts are being made to avoid a potentially damaging strike taking place at the BBC over failed pay negotiations.
The broadcast union BECTU has already warned that it believes a strike ballot is likely in response to the BBC's latest offer on pay tabled at talks held at the end of June.
BECTU, the NUJ and Unite are in crisis talks with BBC staff in a series of meetings that are taking place right across the country.
The fresh attempts to avoid industrial action started on 5 July and come after the union rejected the broadcaster's 'final offer'.
Despite strong representations from BECTU and fellow organisers in the NUJ and Unite, the BBC tabled its final offer on pay for 2010/11, which included little movement from its earlier position.
The offer to staff now stands at a flat rate increase of £475 for staff paid up to £37,726 a year.
Staff paid above the BBC-defined cap will then face a pay freeze. In a slight change from the earlier offer, the BBC is proposing to increase rates of pay at the floor and ceiling of BBC grades and staff allowances by 1%.
That means that a third of BECTU's BBC membership would see no increase in earnings given the core offer on pay.
The unions recognised by the BBC (BECTU, the NUJ and Unite) maintain that the BBC can afford to pay more to its staff across the board given the 2% in its licence fee income.
Commenting on the current situation, Gerry Morrissey, BECTU General Secretary, said: "The offer of a flat increase of £475 for all those earning less than £37,726 and a pay freeze for those earning above that amount is insulting.
"Last year the staff increase was below the rate of inflation. This year the BBC is offering well below inflation and only half of what they received from government in the licence fee settlement.
"Thousands of BBC staff have been made redundant in recent years and management's response to the additional workload now being carried by our members is the offer of a pay freeze or, at best, a token offer which on its own is insulting but which will anger staff on the back of this week's proposed draconian changes to pension provision," he said, alleging this is "a politically expedient move".
"BBC executives have now decided that they are all part of the public sector after years of feathering their own nests with inflation-busting increases justified by reference to market rates," the union boss continued.
"Actually, the truth is that it is one rule for senior management and another for the programme makers, technicians, journalists and admin staff who make the BBC the great institution it is."
Commenting on the UK-wide sampling of opinion, Gerry Morrissey said: "We are keen to hear from our members and if the feedback we have received to date is reflected at BBC sites up and down the country, and the BBC fails to respond, then a strike ballot looks inevitable."

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

BECTU's BBC Divisional Committee, which has the final say on all pay negotiations affecting BBC members, has voted to carry on discussing an offer for
Production News : Nominations Announced For RTS Scotland Awards 2016
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for this year's RTS Scotland Awards 2016. The awards cover all forms of production in
Nominations For RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018 Announced
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018. The awards ceremony, sponsored by Gues
RTS Announce Scotland Awards 2017
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Scotland Awards 2017. The awards cover all forms of production in Scotlan
RTS North West Announce Awards Shortlist
The Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre has announced the shortlist for its annual awards at an event hosted by CBBC presenter Lauren Lay
RTS Announces Nominations For North West Awards 2017
The Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre has announced the nominations for its annual awards, at an event sponsored by Audio Network. Cat
BBC Respond To Union Pay Claim
Four months after the union submitted its pay claim for BBC staff, talks are now underway with senior management. During discussions this week, the BB
Production News - RTS Announces Craft & Design Awards Shortlist
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the shortlist for the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2013/2014. The winners will be announced at a ceremon
BECTU and NUJ members are voting on an improved pay offer from the BBC. After a month of negotiations, management tabled a final offer to BBC and BBC
RTS Announces Winners Of Scotland Awards 2014
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners of the RTS Scotland Awards 2014. Chaired by April Chamberlain, the awards cover all forms
Unions move to call ballots on BBC pay offer
An industrial action ballot is planned for BBC-employed Bectu and NUJ members as both unions reject a 2.7% pay offer. The ballot of Bectu and NUJ memb
BBC's 1% Pay Offer "Unacceptable" Say Unions
Negotiators representing thousands of BBC staff have reacted angrily to an offer of a 1% pay rise in August this year. Responding to a claim from BECT
BBC Technology to be sold; Bectu issue strong condemnation
The BBC are to sell their wholly-owned commercial subsidiary BBC Technology, subject to final approval by DCMS Secretary of State Tessa Jowell. The mo
Unions Meet BBC On Pensions Position
Senior union officials are due to meet BBC management today after more than 70 representatives from BECTU, the NUJ and Unite met in London on Monday t
BBC Two And BBC Music Announce Cher Meets Rylan
BBC Two and BBC Music will deliver a Christmas present to viewers in the festive form of Cher Meets Rylan in December, which sees legendary singer and