Bectu members furious after managers ignored staff consultation and imposed 1% pay rise

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Workers at the BBC are to ballot for industrial action after management today imposed a 1% pay rise without consultation.

Bectu members will receive ballot papers early next week, with subsequent strike action likely to take place in late May /  early June, possibly coinciding with the Golden Jubilee celebrations. UnionNews understands the NUJ and Unite are considering their response.

Bectu assistant general secretary Luke Crawley told UnionNews: “We’re outraged at the actions of BBC management and shall be balloting as soon as we can.

“Our members are angry not only at the size of the pay rise, but also at the precedent that might be set if we allow the BBC to dictate to us, failing to listen to the concerns of their staff through their union.”

At the request of BBC management, the unions were on Monday expecting to report back to bosses the findings of their consultations over the proposed 1% pay rise starting on August 1st.

However, today, bosses sent round an email telling staff they had decided to impose the pay rise on June 1st, two months early and without listening to their views.

Luke Crawley said: “Managers decided to tell us what they had done, rather than listening to our views. No wonder our members are so angry.”

“This year we have decided to implement the pay increase early as a small way of recognising the hard work that is going on across the BBC in implementing the savings we need to make and meeting the challenges we face in 2012. We are very disappointed that the unions have decided to ballot their members about taking industrial action. The economic climate remains tough for everyone and this action will not change our circumstances.”

A statement from the BBC said: “This year we have decided to implement the pay increase early as a small way of recognising the hard work that is going on across the BBC in implementing the savings we need to make and meeting the challenges we face in 2012.

“We are very disappointed that the unions have decided to ballot their members about taking industrial action. The economic climate remains tough for everyone and this action will not change our circumstances.”


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