UK - Unions have given the BBC until tomorrow to abandon its "pensions robbery" or else face a ballot on strike action.
BBC union representatives - the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Unite - have jointly written to the corporation's management urging them to withdraw proposed changes to the pension scheme by tomorrow.
The letter said unless the BBC gives a guarantee by July 21 that the value of pensions already earned would be protected, and plans to force through changes to the staff pension scheme dropped, thousands of BBC staff would be balloted for strike action.
This comes after more than 70 representatives from Bectu, the NUJ and Unite met in London yesterday to agree their view on BBC's proposed scheme changes.
At the end of June the BBC announced plans to cap pensionable pay at 1% from April 2011 and revalue pensions at a lower level - which unions said effectively devalues pensions already earned.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: "This is nothing short of a pensions' robbery which has provoked unprecedented anger and resentment among staff across the BBC.
"While managers can look forward to gold-plated pensions, thousands of BBC staff will be left significantly worse off in retirement. The BBC has broken its promises to staff and is undermining the value of people's pensions."
And he warned: "The BBC must withdraw these proposals or face the prospect of widespread strike action and industrial unrest over the coming months."
The BBC said in a statement: "We know that staff have concerns about the proposed changes to the pension scheme, and we will listen and try to address these during the consultation period."
The BBC consultation period ends on September 30.
The unions already threatened strike action earlier this month.
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