UK - BBC technology workers called off strike action over their pension rights following a revised offer from prospective new owner, Siemens.
The German electronics giant – which is due to complete the takeover of the unit next month – originally offered to give workers benefits “broadly comparable” to those they currently received from the BBC.
This was rejected by the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union and its 1400 members were set to go on strike at the weekend until Siemens made its revised offer.
Union officials say this must be put to a vote before any industrial action is taken.
Under the revised deal, Siemens will calculate final salary benefits using members’ last 12 months service instead of 10 years, while workers aged over 50 will get a full pension if made redundant.
Siemens also said that while it would not rule out closing the scheme to new members in the future, it would keep the scheme open for at least three years.
BECTU officials said the new offer went “a long way” towards meeting their key demands. However, it warned that it would take industrial action – which is scheduled to take place during the opening weekend of the Olympic Games – if members turn down the latest offer. The ballot closes on August 12.
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