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12 September 2012

BECTU has secured a pay deal for members at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The two year pay deal will see a modest consolidated increase of one per cent for 2012-13 backdated to 1 April 2012, followed by an RPI increase from 1 April 2013 (capped at 2.5 per cent, subject to a minimum increase of one per cent). 

The deal, agreed by members last month, comes after several years of standstill pay or non-consolidated awards.

BECTU, which is led at the site by branch representative Galia Bouhayed, is committed to increasing union membership to build on the progress made in talks this year.

Management had sought negative changes to sick pay provision but union representations have protected existing benefits. Staff will also see an additional £10 payment per annum in compensation for the removal of the allowance previously paid for passport renewals.

Commenting on the outcome, Mick Corfield, national official said:

"Thanks to Galia and the support of members we've made some progress on pay for this year and next; our objective now is to build the membership to secure further improvements going forward."

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