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4 November 2010

BECTU officials met with MITIE security management yesterday (3 November) to discuss a pay rise for members in Scotland.

The company's representatives assured BECTU that internal discussions were underway and that security staff working at BBC Scotland sites would be offered a pay increase for 2010/11. A further response from the company is expected within the next two to three weeks.

BECTU's Scottish organiser, Paul McManus, welcomed the constructive nature of yesterday's meeting:

"Although we are still waiting for confirmation of the company’s position, the fact that both sides are committed to ongoing discussions within a positive relationship can only benefit the members overall.”

Last month BECTU raised concerns about MITIE's attitude to a review for 2010/11. The company appeared to be insisting on a pay freeze for the second year in a row.

The current dialogue means that the union's earlier plan for a consultative ballot has been shelved.

A statement on MITIE's website confirms that the company is a UK FTSE 250 business which has grown its revenue, profit and earnings per share for over 22 consecutive years.Current revenues are in excess of £1.7bn and the company employs more than 56,000 staff.