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16 March 2010

Staff employed by Balfour Beatty at BBC premises have voted to reject a one-off payment of £300, the result of pay review talks for 2010.

The staff affected work at sites outside London, including in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Members voted by a majority of 57 per cent to reject the non-consolidated pay offer in a consultative ballot which closed on 12 March. 43 per cent of those voting opted to accept the payment.

BECTU has invited management to further talks to see if an agreed settlement can be hammered out.

If negotiations do not resume, BECTU will run a series of members' meetings at all locations to consider how to move the campaign forward. "An industrial action ballot has not been ruled out" said national official, Suresh Chawla.

Balfour Beatty succeeded Hadens as the contractor providing facilities management, security, postroom and reception services at a number of BBC bases outside the capital.