Strike ballot starts on 26th June & ends 15th July
25 June 2014
BECTU will start a ballot tomorrow of all members at the BBC and BBC Studios & Post Production. At a meeting yesterday with Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC, a new offer was tabled with a minimum increase of £650 for all staff paid below £50K a year and £500 for all staff on more than £50K. The joint unions were unanimous in condemning this latest offer as it would still mean 70% of staff getting a below-inflation pay rise for the sixth consecutive year which is unacceptable. BECTU and the joint unions are urging members to reject the offer and vote YES to strike action.
In addition to raising the level of the minimum increase in pay there is also an improvement in London Weighting (L.W.). The current higher level of L.W. Allowance is £4,288 and only applies to staff in London who earn less than £25,000 a year. The BBC propose to raise the threshold to £35,000 a year or less. All continuing allowances, including London Weighting, would increase by 1% as will the floors and ceilings of the grades.
Staff Pay Bottom Of The List
General Secretary Gerry Morrissey said "BECTU Members at the BBC have faced five years of below inflation pay settlements which have eroded their pay by 10%. The scandal of executive pay over the last 12 months shows staff that money can always be found to pay astronomical salaries to senior managers but no money for the programme makers and support staff. Staff are angry and do not deserve to be last on the priority list. The BBC is fixated on staff pay being linked to public sector pay restraint. This does not extend to executive pay as can be seen by the scandal of senior managers and their exorbitant pay "hidden" in band 11 (more here).”
He continued "A further pay cut this year would be adding insult to injury. Members are angry and that means there will be a Yes vote. The BBC needs to come forward with an improved offer or this could be a long hot summer of strikes with our likely targets including The Proms, the Commonwealth Games and other live events covered by the BBC.”
Please vote YES for strike action and action short of a strike. A high turnout and large majority for action will tell the BBC loud and clear- We Want a Pay Rise not a Pay Cut!
Also encourage non-members to join now or during the ballot period, via this link www.bectu.org.uk/bbc and they will legally be able to participate in the ballot and any subsequent action.
The ballot will close on 15th July. The May RPI figure is 2.4%.
BBC Worldwide Also To Ballot
In a separate development, members at BBC Worldwide will be balloted for strike action on the same timetable after the overwhelming rejection, by 88% of those voting, of a 1.3% pay offer in a consultative ballot which closed this week. BECTU is also urging members to vote YES to both questions in this ballot.
All enquiries about the campaign can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow and @bbcunion on twitter for updates on the campaign.