BroadcastingThe National Union Of Journalists has offered to suspend next week's planned strike action at the BBC to allow more talks over the pension scheme changes.
Last week, NUJ members at the BBC walked out on Friday and Saturday, disrupting various BBC programmes, including Today and Newsnight.
Jeremy Dear, the NUJ general secretary, said this afternoon that further industrial action scheduled to go ahead on Monday and Tuesday will be called off if the BBC agrees to drop disciplinary action against three employees in the US who supported last week's strike.
Dear said that one of the journalists was sacked from his job at the BBC's Arabic service, based in Washington. The other two employees, who worked in the corporation's Latin American service, had been given written warnings.
NUJ representatives met at lunchtime today and voted to suspend next week's strikes to allow fresh talks to be held, as long as the disciplinary action is withdrawn.
The move comes after BBC People director Lucy Adams agreed to meet with the NUJ and the other four BBC unions to clarify certain elements of the pensions offer, but only if the strike action was cancelled.
"We are pleased the BBC has changed its position and agreed to talks. We will endeavour to reach a negotiated settlement," said Dear.
In a statement, Adams said: "We welcome the NUJ's decision to lift the threat of strikes. This is good news for the licence fee payer.
"While the BBC cannot afford to reopen the pension reform deal agreed with the majority of staff, we have agreed to meet with the joint unions, including the NUJ.
"In that meeting, we will discuss points of clarification raised in a letter this afternoon from Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of Bectu and the leader of the joint unions at the BBC."
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