NUJ members likely to reject Mark Thompson's 'final offer', but other unions expected to vote in favour
National Union of Journalists members are expected to have voted against the BBC's improved offer.
The broadcasting unions' ballot on BBC management's revised pension proposals looks to be heading for a spilt result, with members of the National Union of Journalists expected to have voted against the improved offer when the result is revealed later today.
It is thought that four of the five broadcasting unions representing BBC staff – Bectu, the Musicians' Union, Equity and Unite – are likely to come back with members voting in favour of accepting what director general Mark Thompson has called the corporation's final offer on changes to the BBC's final salary pension scheme.
Members of Bectu, the largest BBC union, are thought to have by as much as 70% in favour. However, the NUJ, the second-largest BBC union, looks set to reject the offer by a similar margin. If this turns out to be the case the NUJ is likely to set strike dates later today, when the full results are expected to be announced.
"It looks likely NUJ members will vote overwhelmingly to reject the BBC's plans to devalue their pensions," said the NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear. "It is hardly surprising that if you say pay more, work longer and receive less that people will vote 'no' and be prepared to take action to ensure they have a fair pension."
If such a split in the vote does come back it will leave the dispute finely balanced, with both sides claiming the other will have to react first.
The BBC has made it clear that it has made its final offer on the basis of all of the unions accepting it.
However, the unions will be in a situation in which the NUJ cannot disregard the legally binding outcome of its members' vote.
The BBC's pension consultation with non-union BBC staff, roughly 60% of the corporation's 17,000 employees, is due to run until 15 November.
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