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The BBC Freelance Recognition Agreement gives the union the right to negotiate for certain grades across a number of programme genres.
BECTU has welcomed the Foreign Affairs Committee report that says World Service funding should be ring fenced.
BECTU's Scottish Freelance Branch has started a campaign for formal recognition with BBC Scotland for all casual workers.
The BBC has confirmed the official deficit for the staff pension scheme stands at £1.6bn following the latest triennial review.
Pay talks with BBC management have started for the 2011 claim led by BECTU General Secretary Gerry Morrissey.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2011 include grievance process, meal breaks and network TV supply.
BBC unions have submitted a pay claim that includes a salary increase greater than the Retail Price Index.