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25 May 2010

Balfour Beatty staff, who work as contractors on the BBC account, have settled their pay dispute with agreement on a two year deal.

In the consultative ballot which closed on Friday 14 May, members voted to accept an extended pay review. This will see a non-consolidated payment of £300 paid to staff for 2009/10 followed by a 3.01 per cent increase on rates in 2010/11.

In March this year members voted against the non-consolidated payment; in response management and BECTU officials resumed their talks and a two-year deal was the result.

Suresh Chawla, national official, commented:

"Whilst we had reservations about a two-year deal, this agreement represents a reasonable settlement for our members, particularly in light of pay freezes on Balfour Beatty's other  accounts and the duration of negotiations on pay talks for 2009."

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