UK - BBC technology workers are set to strike on the opening weekend of the Olympic Games over fears for their pensions if their division is sold.
The workers – who are members of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union – claim the proposed September 1 sale date is too early for proper negotiations to be held over their pensions and long-term contracts.
All union members in BBCT – and a second group in London News IT who are also affected by the sale to Siemens – have been told to strike for 24 hours between July 30-31 and again on August 13-14. The call follows an 84% vote in favour of strike action earlier this month.
BECTU assistant general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: “Our members feel they are being rushed into key decisions about their futures, especially their pensions, without adequate information.”
He called on the BBC “to accept that we need months, not weeks, to deal with the mountain of detail that our members are worried about”.
Siemens had previously offered staff a new pension scheme “broadly comparable” to that run by the BBC, but BECTU said early representations left BBCT staff with “more questions than answers”.
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