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Siemens ballot gets underway

22 February 2010

BECTU issued the following press release today (Monday 22 February) to coincide with the start of a formal ballot for industrial action amongst members at Siemens working for the BBC.

BBC Siemens staff ballot for industrial action

This pay freeze comes as a real double whammy for our members; with the level of redundancies that we’ve already endured, and continue to face, it’s not even as if a pay freeze is safeguarding jobs

Siemens staff employed at the BBC will today begin a ballot for industrial action.  The ballot, which is organised by media and entertainment union BECTU, follows the employer’s decision to implement a pay freeze.

The pay standstill comes after a major redundancy operation which caused over 70 staff to lose their jobs.  

Siemens have provided technology, transmission and IT services to the BBC since the sale of BBC Technology in 2005.

The ballot runs until 19 March 2010 and the union is advising members to vote in favour of industrial action.

National official Suresh Chawla commented:

“This pay freeze comes as a real double whammy for our members; with the level of redundancies that we’ve already endured, and continue to face, it’s not even as if a pay freeze is safeguarding jobs.  

“Whilst colleagues within the BBC, and in other service partner companies, are receiving modest pay increases and with inflation now hitting 3.7%, Siemens’ position is untenable. We have no option but to ballot our members for industrial action. We hope to be able to resume talks with the employer once they’re able to make an offer.”

Siemens is consulting BECTU about further restructuring and the employer is outsourcing over 50 jobs in server operations to Romania.

ENDS

For more information contact the BECTU press office on 020 7346 0900.

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