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5 February 2010

Members employed by Siemens, the BBC's technology contractor, will next week (9 February) finalise arrangements for a ballot on industrial action over pay.

BECTU officials are set to recommend that members vote yes to industrial action following the company's insistence that there will be no pay award for 2010.

The latest inflation figures published in January showed RPI at 2.4% with CPI at 2.9%.

BECTU submitted a pay claim last October seeking an across the board increase of £1200 with effect from 1 January; this was rejected. In response, the company declared that it was only prepared to consider an increase if staff were willing to agree to shift the basis for the annual review to a performance related pay model.

Union consultations with members confirmed their continuing opposition to performance related pay. Negotiations for the 2009 review settled on an increase of 1.6%; members rejected an additional 0.9% offered by the company to secure a move to PRP. 

If members agree to the statutory ballot next week, notice will be served on Siemens' management and the ballot will get underway on 19 February.