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31 August 2013

BECTU has concluded pay negotiations with Wilson James, the BBC's security providers, after members accepted the company's revised pay offer in a ballot.

Following the agreement a flat rate increase of £675 across the board will be implemented. The settlement means an average increase of about 2.8 per cent, with the lowest-paid staff receiving more than 3.1 per cent.

The union had sought a 3.3 per cent increase for all staff and Wilson James' initial response was to offer 2 per cent.

Fair deal

Commenting on this year's talks, national official, Paul Evans said:

"We think members have voted to accept a fair deal from Wilson James.

"Negotiations were very constructive and we were pleased to see that Wilson James took the status of their staff, in relation to others working at the BBC, seriously.

"In our negotiations, we stressed that it was important that WJ's final offer was one that would be close to the £800 deal that was being offered by the BBC to its own staff and WJ understood that some effort needed to be made to improve the rates earned by their lowest paid employees.

Re-tendering

"Going forward, the BBC is re-tendering this contract and it is an important precedent that security and 'Front of House' staff don't find their incomes further eroded in relation to others working at the BBC. We hope this will continue to be the case going forward.

"It is important that all staff working in BBC buildings are treated with respect - and this includes the annual pay negotiations, " Paul Evans concluded.

Following the positive ballot result, the increase will be backdated to 1 July.

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