Members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC will go on strike after rejecting a final offer from the BBC in regards to pensions.
The broadcast union Bectu voted to accept the offer, leaving the NUJ to strike alone. The first strike is expected to happen on the 5th and 6th November, followed by the 15th and 16th November with the announcement of more dates in the future. It is thought that the Christmas period is an area they might want to target to bring mass disruption to BBC services.
The National Union of Journalists currently has 4,000 members at the BBC. A proposed cap on pensionable pay for next year is what has caused the dispute. The general secretary of the NUJ, Jeremy Dear has said today that the BBC has left them with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions. 70% of the NUJ members rejected the final BBC offer.
In a statement released on the NUJ website, Jeremy Dear said : “This massive vote against the BBC’s latest proposal comes as no surprise, given the fundamental ‘pay more – work longer – get less’ nature of the offer. NUJ members across the BBC have consistently dubbed the proposals a ‘pensions robbery’. That hasn’t changed. The BBC have now left members with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions.
Under the proposals people will be much poorer in retirement and the value of their pensions will be threatened every year by inflation. Staff are angry at continued management excess, believe they have been sold down the river in recent negotiations with the government and refuse to pay with their jobs and their pensions”.
It was also announced that members will no longer take up additional duties or volunteer for extra work as part of a indefinite work to rule.