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Last minute agreement on talks averts APTN strike

BECTU and the NUJ are working together in support of AP/APTN staff.

8 June 2012

BECTU and NUJ officials have withdrawn plans for strike action at Associated Press (AP)and APTN next week following an agreement with management to resume talks over the future for staff pensions.

Two days of strike action called for the 11/12 and 16/17 June have now been cancelled.

Talks with management will be held on Tuesday 12 June.

Staff at AP, and its sister company APTN, have joined their union representatives in condemning management's plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

NUJ and BECTU members backed the called for strike action by huge majorities in ballots which closed on 1 June.

Commenting on today's developments BECTU general secretary, Gerry Morrissey, said:

"Management's agreement to resume talks is important; however the dispute will not be resolved unless there are substantial changes to management's position."

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