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26 May 2011

The BBC has tabled a two per cent pay offer in reply to the joint union claim submitted in February.

The final pay offer confirmed at pay talks yesterday (25 May ) attended by officials from BECTU, the NUJ and Unite will be the subject of a ballot of union members.

BECTU's consultative ballot will get underway next week and voting will close at midday on Tuesday 21 June.

The first meeting to discuss the claim took place in March and BBC management were warned about the dangers of tabling a modest increase.

Writing to joint union members today, Gerry Morrissey (BECTU), Jeremy Dear (NUJ) and Mike Eatwell (Unite) state:

"The BBC pay offer of 2% is made in light of the potential impact of the licence fee freeze and the likely reduction in spending of between 16 - 20 per cent. The implications of the DQF (Delivering Quality First) exercise will be far reaching and we will not know the full extent of the proposals until the early autumn. The unions are conscious we may well face a fight over job cuts and defending terms and conditions at that time."

Read the BBC's offer letter (subject to member log in).

The two per cent pay offer for all BBC staff and for those employed by Studios and Post Production Ltd on grades 2-11 guarantees a minimum increase for 2011-12 of £400. The proposed two per cent increase would apply to all staff paid up to £60,302 a year; staff paid above that cap would not receive an increase on basic pay.  

2% would apply to other rates

If accepted, the percentage increase would also be applied to the floors and ceilings of the grades, to flexibility allowances, UPA (days), night pay,  to the rates for Xmas and New Year bank holidays, London Weighting and to all other protected continuing allowances.

The joint unions are adopting a neutral line as far as the ballot recommendation goes but in the event that BECTU members reject the pay offer a formal industrial action ballot will be run.  


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