Show Hide image

BBC staff call off strike planned during Tory conference

BBC staff call off strike planned during Tory conference.

The BBC staff called off their strike action planned during the Conservative Party conference this week after broadcasting unions, including the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bectu and Unite, received a "significantly improved" offer from the corporation's management on Friday.

The unions called off the strike that was due to begin on 4 October - planned in protest against proposed changes to the BBC final salary pension scheme - after becoming convinced that the new offer is the "best offer that can be achieved through negotiation".

Although the unions are keen on knowing if the new offer is acceptable to the staff through a ballot, they scrapped the strike plan keeping in view the time required for a new ballot.

Now, if the members decide that the new offer is still not satisfactory, the unions said that another 48-hour strike planned for 25 and 26 October would go ahead affecting the BBC's coverage of Chancellor George Osborne's spending review announcement.

According to the new offer, the corporation's contributions will rise by inflation or increase by four per cent, whichever is lower. The BBC will also limit employee contributions in the scheme to six per cent rather than the originally proposed seven per cent. However, the pension scheme will still be closed to new members.