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BBC staff offered new pay deal
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
A joint union team will recommend that BBC staff accept a new two-year pay deal being offered by the corporation when the proposals come to ballot.
Representatives from the Corporation met union leaders from BECTU, the NUJ and Amicus to discuss a deal which would see BBC staff awarded a four per cent pay rise this year with a further two per cent increase in 2008. Any staff currently earning under £25,000 will also automatically be offered a £1,000 rise as part of the proposed new deal.
Further inclusions in the offer were promises to improve London weighting to meet the growing demands of living in the capital and a 12-month deferment of any increases in pensions fund contributions, all of which received positive feedback from the attendant union figures.
Stephen Kelly, director of BBC People, commented: "I believe this two-year offer is fair and realistic. It offers staff and the BBC stability and certainty over the next two years at a time of considerable challenge and change for the Corporation.
"It also recognises the need for the BBC to invest in its people whilst investing [in] services for audiences. We are pleased that the unions are to ballot with a positive recommendation."
Bectu's assistant general secretary Luke Crawley added: "The BBC's offer is being recommended by the joint unions because we believe that many of our members will get improvements at or above inflation.
"The BBC's decision to postpone the increase in members' pension contributions is also a breakthrough and the further review in April 2008 may mean that it will not be necessary, depending on the health of the scheme. We would urge members to vote in favour of the offer."