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21 September 2012

In a consultative ballot in SIS Outside Broadcasts which closed at noon today (21 September) 96 per cent of BECTU members voted to accept management's improved proposals on pay.

An offer to increase rates by 2 per cent, without conditions, tabled 48 hours after 85 per cent of members voted for industrial action over pay and related issues was sufficient to secure agreement.

Management's previous offer of £400, subject to members acceptance of a new and less advantageous contract, was widely condemned by the branch.

Changes to scheduling for riggers

Today's agreement also includes measures proposed by BECTU to address the impact on riggers' income of changes to scheduling.

Responding to BECTU's confirmation of the ballot result, the company stated that it was "confident that we can have a more constructive relationship over the coming months."

Sean Kelly, SIS branch secretary, said:

"Our members' resolve, demonstrated in three successive ballots, forced the company to respond constructively to our justified claims.

"The result is that SIS has accepted the need to negotiate and maintain good relations with BECTU, and has - for the first time since it bought the former BBC Outside Broadcasts in 2008 - given our members a pay rise.

"We look forward to working more closely with the company in the future."

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