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BBC offers fresh talks on pension proposals

NUJ members are likely to organise another two-day strike, suggest reports.

The BBC offered to hold fresh talks on the controversial pension proposals in a bid to avert further industrial action, the Guardian reports.

After the 48-hour strike on Friday and Saturday, NUJ members are likely to organise another two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday.

The BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, met Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of the broadcasting union Bectu, who is acting on behalf of all the unions. Bectu members did not go on strike last week.

He is said to have offered "assurances" on two key areas of proposed changes to the BBC's pension scheme.

Union sources said that Thompson has promised to reopen pension talks if the current scheme's deficit is less than £1.5bn when it is valued again.

They also said that the BBC chief had agreed to allow independent advisers to have a say on future valuations of the pension payments.

The NUJ, which is taking a more militant line on the pension changes, was likely to meet on Thursday to decide whether to accept Thompson's new offer.

Morrissey said if NUJ cancels the forthcoming strike, all the unions could jointly hold talks with the management.