Bectu and NUJ accept BBC pay deal

BBC workers have voted to accept a pay deal and a new set of terms and conditions, following a two-year negotiation with the corporation.

The result was a 58.69% “Yes” vote to accept the pay offer and terms and conditions proposal, and 41.31 “No”, on a 63.99 per cent turnout. The deal was also accepted by Bectu, with sister union Unite due to report on its result later this week.

The three-year pay deal, backdated from August 2017 and running until the end of July 2020, is for 2% in 2017/18, 2 per cent in 2018/19 and 2.5% (or the licence fee settlement percentage if higher) in 2019/20.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “There is still a lot of work to be done on terms and conditions, particularly on night working and on weekend working – which we plan to ensure will deliver further improvements to working patterns and conditions for NUJ members at the BBC, particularly those who routinely work unsocial hours.

“It’s now time for the BBC’s commitments to better working conditions and greater work-life balance to be put into action. The new pay structure still requires collective effort to make it work, but it is a structure that will provide greater transparency and assist in holding the BBC to account on pay parity now and in the future.”

BECTU assistant national secretary Noel McClean said: “There were some big and significant issues that needed to be addressed in this deal. Our members engaged with us on an unprecedented level to make sure that we were negotiating the best possible deal for them. Without that level of engagement we would not have been able to get this result.”

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