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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.
Plans have been announced to make large-scale job cuts in Birmingham and Bristol Factual and the Natural History Unit.
BBC management have been accused of weakness in the face of government cuts to the World Service budget.
BECTU has reconfirmed its commitment to helping staff to tackle the job cuts announced in BBC Online.
BBC Monitoring management have confirmed plans to cut 72 posts, 67 of them from the Caversham base.
The timetable for the next BBC Divisional Conference, to be held in June 2011, has been issued.
BECTU has responded to the BBC Trust's publication today of its Strategy Review, Putting Quality First.
Folowing the conclusion of ACAS talks last week on BBC pension proposals an update for BECTU members has been issued.
Talks between BBC management and joint union officials held today (30 November 2010) at ACAS have ended with agreement.
The BBC has agreed to meet the joint unions at ACAS in a bid to clarify a final point in its pension reform proposals.
Joint union officials will meet senior BBC management within a week of the 15 November closing date of the formal pensions consultation.
There is a strike at the BBC with NUJ members taking action today Friday 5 and tomorrow Saturday 6 November 2010.
BECTU have called time on their pensions dispute with the BBC by accepting the improved offer tabled by the Corporation.
BECTU has accused the BBC of caving in to government pressure by accepting major cutbacks in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
BECTU has published guidance for BBC members ahead of the industrial action planned for Friday 22 October 2010.
BBC staff will be left reeling at the announcement that senior management have accepted a licence fee freeze until 2017 says BECTU.
BECTU has expressed its shock and sadness at the BBC's decision to put 22 jobs in drama production at risk of closure.
BECTU has confirmed that the consultative ballot on pay and pensions will get underway later this week.
Strikes planned for 5 and 6 October 2010 have been called off after BBC management tabled an improved offer on pensions.
BECTU has criticised the BBC Trust announcement that it has offered the government a two-year freeze in the licence fee.
BBC unions have named a number of strike dates, however consultations with members will continue to consider a new proposal from the BBC.
BECTU, the NUJ and Unite have revealed strong backing from their members for strike action to challenge the BBC's pension proposals.
BBC unions have confirmed to management they will be conducting ballots for strike action over pay and pensions.
BBC unions are urging the withdrawal of the current pension proposals in favour of talks to look at all options to address the pension deficit.
Union members in the BBC's Studios and Post Production arm are taking part in two ballots on industrial action.
BECTU has produced a list of Q&As for BBC staff on the Corporations's current stance on pay and pensions.
Union representatives have kicked off the campaign to improve the BBC's offer on pay and pensions.
BECTU has warned the BBC that it believes a strike ballot is likely in response to the BBC's final offer on pay.
BECTU has condemned the BBC's confirmation of plans to radically change pension provision for current and future staff from December 2010.
Four months after the union submitted its pay claim for BBC staff talks are now underway with senior management.
BECTU has submitted its response to the BBC Trust consultation on the management Strategy Review proposals.
The 2010 BBC Divisional Conference has deplored the cuts proposed in the BBC Strategy Review at its meeting in Bournemouth.
BECTU members at Red Bee Media have voted overwhelmingly to settle their disputes with the company.
Members at Red Bee are considering an improved offer from the company to settle disputes which threaten strike action.
BECTU has reiterated support for members who decline to work on British National Party election broadcasts.
Talks between Red Bee Media and BECTU are to reopen following overwhelming support for strike action.
Casualty crew welcomed support given against attempts to dismiss staff before they have accrued a year's service.
Members at Siemens working on the BBC contract have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised pay offer to resolve their dispute.
BBC management responsible for Casualty are planning to dismiss staff to prevent them accruing employment rights.
The BBC's Strategy Review was on the agenda when the Federation of Entertainment Unions met with DG Mark Thompson.
The BBC and BECTU have successfully concluded talks on freelance recognition and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Talks between BECTU and Siemens this week have secured a revised pay offer which, if accepted, could avert industrial action.
Siemens staff working at the BBC have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over a pay freeze in a ballot.
A reception to celebrate BBC Radio 6 Music, the BBC Asian Network and the BBC website is to be held at Portcullis House.
Staff employed by Balfour Beatty at BBC premises have voted to reject a one-off payment of £300 resulting from pay talks.
Talks with the BBC which focus on the Corporation's relationship with its freelance workforce are continuing.
Red Bee members are to take part in a ballot for industrial action to defend their redundancy rights.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2010 include pay, top slicing of the Licence Fee and open source software.
Union representations continue on behalf of BBC Studios and Post Production members, whose future is uncertain.
The proposals contained in the BBC Strategy Review have been described by BECTU as damaging and misguided.
Press leaks that the BBC is planning major cuts has given rise to the claim that the BBC is bowing to external pressure.
BECTU, the NUJ and Unite have submitted their joint pay claim to BBC management ahead of the review due on 1 August 2010.
Siemens staff employed on the BBC contract are being balloted for industrial action following the introduction of a pay freeze.
Red Bee Media members are to vote on changes to redundancy rights and late night/early morning transport.
Members employed by Siemens on the BBC technology contract are finalising arrangements for a ballot on industrial action over pay.
SIS OBs, formerly BBC Resources Outside Broadcasts, have opened consultations to close their final salary pension scheme.
Talks on on future redundancy terms and late night/early morning transport are continuing between BECTU and Red Bee Media.
Representatives of freelances working for the BBC are backing a campaign aimed at extending collective bargaining.
BECTU's BBC Division has launched a fixed term contract charter which it hopes will improve the management of contracts.
BECTU is to strengthen its support for BBC fixed term contract staff after a survey revealed poor management of contracts.
Members employed by Johnson Controls International have voted by a huge majority to accept a two-year pay award.
The threat of an industrial action ballot at Red Bee Media has been lifted following an agreement to further talks.
The decision by Red Bee Media to withdraw from union talks about changes to staff terms could prompt a ballot for industrial action.
The timetable for the BBC Divisional Conference 2010, to be held in May 2010, has been issued.
Johnson Controls International members involved in managing BBC buildings are taking part in a ballot on a revised pay offer.
BECTU has welcomed the government's decision not to proceed with plans to top-slice the BBC's licence fee.
BECTU is preparing a drive to strengthen the rights of BBC fixed term contract staff.
World Service staff have shown support for their catering colleagues by boycotting their canteen.
Staff at the BBC World Service base at Bush House are to boycott their canteen this Friday 30 October 2009.
Nick Griffin's performance on BBC Question Time last night has united the media with his performance largely condemned as dismal.
BECTU General Secretary Gerry Morrissey is to speak at the Unite Against Fascism rally outside BBC Television Centre on 22 October.
Veteran MP, Gerald Kaufman, lent his support to the campaign to stop top-slicing of the BBC licence fee at the lobby of Parliament this week.
BECTU General Secretary Gerry Morrissey has called on broadcasters to unite around a single proposal to address PSB funding.
BECTU is supporting the NUJ-organised lobby of Parliament as part of the campaign to stop top-slicing of the BBC licence fee.
BECTU has criticised the BBC and Justice Minister Jack Straw for their willingness to endorse the BNP's participation in Question Time.
Unions have registered a dispute with Red Bee Media in response to a proposal to introduce statutory redundancy terms.
Johnson Controls International's decision to announce a wage freeze threatens a dispute which could affect BBC's London premises.
A BECTU and NUJ motion condemning BBC Licence fee top-slicing has received the support of TUC delegates.
A joint union campaign against the top-slicing of the BBC Licence fee is now underway.
BBC service provider Siemens IT Solutions and Services has put 73 jobs at risk in a significant restructuring.
BECTU has contacted Ascent Media following news the company is in talks to provide services to Salford's Media City.
BECTU is involved in redundancy consultations affecting BBC Worldwide staff in Magazines and Digital Media.
BBC members have voted by more than 80 per cent to accept a flat rate pay increase for 2009.
BECTU has accused Red Bee Media of tabling proposals which are both 'divisive and punitive'.
BECTU has spoken out against plans to fund ITV's regional news service from BBC licence income.
Red Bee Media wants to cut thirty jobs from its Creatives team in addition to halving the number of stenographers.
BECTU, NUJ, and Unite are advising BBC members to accept a £450 flat rate pay offer tabled at a meeting on 28 May.
BECTU has written to its Parliamentary Panel urging a vote against the Conservative proposal to cut this year's BBC licence fee.
The BBC is making its annual call for applications for funding from the Grace Wyndham Goldie Trust.
BECTU has avoided compulsory redundancies in a cuts package that has seen more than 200 staff leave BBC Studios and Post Production.
Proposals have been made to change scheduling practices in Post Production to become more 'bookings driven'.
BECTU will be pressing BBC News management to ensure a new round of job cuts does not lead to excessive workloads.
BECTU's BBC Lay Representatives have made their reports for the past year to Branches in the Corporation.
The 2009 BBC Divisional Conference has said "there is no excuse for another draconian round of redundancies" at the Corporation.
A special debate on the future of BBC North is being held at this year's BECTU Annual Conference.
The use of bonuses, compliance and redundancies are amongst the topics to be debated at the BBC Divisional Conference 2009.
BECTU is to play its part in the debate about the disposal of analogue spectrum when it makes a further submission to Ofcom.
World Service management, BECTU and the NUJ, have agreed to continue talks to resolve the dispute in the South Asia Service.
BECTU has today expressed regret at the BBC's decision to move production of Casualty from Bristol to Cardiff.
BECTU has welcomed the BBC's decision to create a single technology operation within its Future Media and Technology Division.
BECTU and the NUJ have accused the BBC and ITV of bad faith following their confirmation of plans to share regional news resources.
Solidarity messages have been received by BBC World Service staff who are striking today (Thursday) to prevent offshoring of their work.
Staff working for BBC World Service's South Asia section are to take part in a 24-hour strike this coming Thursday 26 February.
BECTU has today (Thursday) formally notified the BBC that it will ballot its members in Glasgow to resist compulsory redundancies.
The BBC has expressed "surprise" at the claim by its recognised unions for an increase of £1800 per person from 1 August.
BECTU has today (Wednesday) submitted its pay claim for 2009-10 on behalf of its BBC membership.
BECTU and the NUJ have urged Ofcom to steer clear of decisions which could put 1000s of broadcasting jobs at risk.
Management have agreed to postpone the planned BBC Resources trawl for redundancy volunteers until at least 9 January 2009.
Members working in outside broadcasts for BBC Radio have settled their long running pay dispute.
BECTU has challenged Ofcom to develop a "strong and coherent regulatory ideology" to meet its obligations to UK broadcasting.
Pressure from BECTU has resulted in changes to Resources proposals covering TUPE and working for the BBC after redundancy.
BBC Scotland has announced that it wants to shed more than 70 posts in round two of its poorly named Creative Futures project.
Documents detailing 210 proposed job cuts in BBC Resources have been released.
BECTU has condemned the BBC for turning its back on wholly-owned subsidiary Resources Ltd after 210 job cuts were announced.
BECTU has expressed its disappointment at the BBC Trust's decision to reject plans for new BBC local news services on the web.
Doctors, the BBC's popular daytime soap, is to stay in Birmingham thanks in part to BECTU's campaign and the support of Midlands MPs.
The changes highlighted by the BBC's Network Supply Review should be achieved without any compulsory redundancies.
BECTU believes that sensitive BBC data may be placed at risk if Siemens' off-shoring plans go ahead.
Members at Johnson Controls International have voted to accept a 4% pay increase, backdated to the pay anniversary date of 1 July.
Freelances working on EastEnders have won the right to be represented by BECTU, it was confirmed last night.
The BBC is to launch a new initiative, the Journalism Talent Pool, which aims to improve diversity in the Corporation’s newsrooms.
Members at Wilson James, the BBC's security contractor in London, have accepted a 3.8% pay rise backdated to 1 July.
A revised pay offer from Red Bee Media is now being considered by BECTU members.
BECTU's branch at BBC Kingswood Warren has suspended the strike planned for tomorrow, Friday 29 August.
Members at the BBC's Kingswood Warren research centre will strike next week over plans to move them to London.
The BBC Trust is expected to report in November following consultation on plans for new and enhanced local web services.
Officials involved in the dispute with the BBC over the pay and grading of radio OB engineers have agreed to hold further talks at local level.
Union members at Red Bee have stopped short of delivering a mandate for strike action in pursuit of a better pay offer for 2008/09.
BECTU has requested an urgent meeting with management at BBC Scotland over major changes at River City.
Members at Siemens have voted to accept a revised pay offer in a consultative ballot which closed today (11 August).
The BBC has agreed to suspend its South Asia restructure programme to allow for more meaningful consultation with BECTU and the NUJ.
The industrial action ballot of members at Red Bee Media is entering its final week; the vote will close on 13 August.
Channel 4 no longer employs its own playout staff following their transfer to Red Bee Media on 1 August.
Members at Siemens SIS working on BBC contracts are currently voting on a slight improvement to pay for the remainder of 2008.
In the wake of a record ?400,000 fine, BECTU is urging the BBC to make sure its workforce continues to be supported.
ITV could get the OK to cut ?40million from regional news and the BBC still faces “top-slicing” says a leak to the Guardian today.
The prospect of disruption to the BBC's Olympics coverage on radio has been lifted.
Members in BBC Radio Outside Broadcasts will start a programme of industrial action next week in pursuit of a pay and regrading claim.
BECTU is leading a campaign to keep BBC daytime series, Doctors, in production at its Birmingham site.
Union officials have reminded freelances working for the BBC to examine how they are being treated in respect of holiday pay.
BECTU and the NUJ are campaigning against plans to move significant parts of the BBC World Service overseas.
BECTU has criticised BBC executives who opted to take their annual bonuses in a year when some 2000 staff are losing their jobs.
BECTU has criticised the BBC for pocketing a ?184m Pension Fund windfall whilst forcing up members contributions.
BECTU members in Siemens SIS working on BBC contracts are being balloted on industrial action in response to a 2.15% pay offer.
Red Bee Media members are being recommended to reject a two year pay offer in a consultative ballot.
BECTU has submitted its response to Ofcom's second Public Service Broadcasting review.
BECTU members employed by BBC Resources are taking part in a consultative ballot on future rights on pay and pensions.
BECTU's bid to secure recognition for freelances working on EastEnders is nearing a key stage.
BBC Resources members are to be balloted on revised management proposals on their future.
BECTU is challenging an attempt by the BBC to change the way freelance workers present their invoices.
BECTU has launched a campaign to keep production of the popular BBC drama series, Casualty, in Bristol.
BECTU has today urged Ofcom to listen to all stakeholders affected by the regulator’s second review into public service broadcasting.
The 2008 BBC Divisional Conference has objected to all attempts to top slice the Corporations's licence fee.
One amendment to the propositions for the BBC Divisional Conference 2008 has been submitted.
Members working for BBC TV Outside Broadcasts (OBs) have voted overwhelmingly to accept a deal on the transfer of their employment.
Members of BECTU have voted to accept the agreement in principle reached with the BBC in January.
BECTU has sought an urgent meeting with the BBC following the loss of personal data for staff assigned to work on the Olympics in Beijing.
BBC and BBC Worldwide members should now be in receipt of consultative ballot forms linked to critical talks with the BBC.
The Competition Commission's decision to allow Macquarie to buy National Grid Wireless paves the way for significant change.
BECTU has assured members that no agreement has been reached over a sale of the BBC's TV facilities subsidiary.
The BBC cancelled a meeting with union representatives last week because it had no firm proposal on the Resources sale to table.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2008 include Scottish broadcasting, pay and top slicing of the Licence Fee.
Following all night talks the BBC and the joint unions have reached an agreement in principle over the current dispute.
The timetable for the BBC Divisional Conference 2008 has been issued.
A union threat of industrial action over job cuts at the BBC has been suspended to allow further talks.
Staff were told last week that 99 jobs would be axed from BBC Scotland, in the first year of the 'Creating Futures' cuts.
Ballot papers went out on 4 December to all members working at the BBC asking them to vote for strike action in the new year.
BBC unions have voted unanimously to ballot for national strike action, in protest at compulsory redundancies and other changes.
Unions have rallied across BBC sites to protest against proposed job cuts that could see the workforce reduced by 12%.
Union negotiators have agreed a framework for negotiations over 2,500 BBC redundancies, with an emphasis on redeployment.
The threat of industrial action ballots being run today has been lifted following the BBC suspending its voluntary redundancy trawl.
Unions have called on the BBC to halt a mass redundancy exercise and enter negotiations, or face industrial action.
Officials from BECTU, NUJ and Unite are due to brief BBC union representatives on substantial cuts at the Corporation.
BECTU welcomes the "Queengate" Wyatt Report but is critical of BBC "double standards" by allowing the BBC1 Controller to resign.
BECTU is accusing the BBC of targeting junior staff members, following the sacking of a radio producer member.
BECTU is supporting the campaign to save Storyville, the BBC's acclaimed documentary strand faced with an alleged 60% budget cut.
BECTU members in Siemens working on BBC contracts have voted by 95% to accept an improved pay offer.
Union members are being asked to sign an online petition which condemns the sacking of staff in BBC Children's TV.
BBC Resources members have voted to accept a pay offer similar to that recently accepted by members in the rest of the BBC.
An improved pay offer has been put to Siemens staff working on BBC contracts after members voted to take industrial action.
An industrial action ballot at TV playout centre Red Bee has been suspended following guarantees about future negotiations.
A 24-hour strike over compulsory redundancies is being mounted by members in BBC Children's TV today (July 10).
BBC Resources members are bring balloted on a pay offer "almost identical" to that recently accepted by members in the rest of the BBC.
Union members across the BBC have voted to accept the Corporation pay offer covering 2007-2009 in a ballot.
Siemens staff working on BBC contracts have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in response to a below-inflation pay offer.
Members affected by unilateral changes in rotas at the West London TV playout centre have begun an industrial action ballot.
Unions have won an improved pay offer from the BBC after threatening to strike over the Corporation's opening bid in pay talks.
Unions have warned the BBC that a strike ballot will be run among thousands of members unless a pay offer is improved.
Union members in the BBC Children's Education Unit have voted to ballot for strike action over job cuts in the department.
Unions have rejected a below inflation pay offer from the BBC at a meeting with Corporation management.
A threat of industrial action over the privatisation of BBC Resources Ltd has been lifted to allow talks on staff guarantees.
The 2007 BBC Divisional Conference has agreed to oppose any job cuts resulting from the Licence fee settlement.
One-person use of remote radio-linked vehicles like uPod and COFDM trucks has been agreed by the union in English Regions.
BBC Manchester members have been angered to learn the religious programme Heaven and Earth is to be axed.
Over 3,000 have signed the unions' petition against the BBC's proposed nursery closures.
BECTU has welcomed the appointment of Sir Michael Lyons as the new BBC Trust Chair.
BECTU has given a cautious welcome to the news that Arqiva has acquired National Grid Wireless for ?2.5bn.
Two amendments to propositions for the BBC Divisional Conference 2007 have been submitted.
Members in BBC London TV News Production Facilities (NPF) have voted by a narrow margin to accept revised proposals for new rotas.
BECTU and the NUJ have agreed to suspend industrial action which was set to bring chaos to BBC News next week.
BECTU has been threatened with legal action by the BBC for using an image of Pudsey Bear in a childcare campaign.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2007 centre on value-for-money cuts and the proposed Resources sell-off.
BECTU members in BBC News are set to take strike action in two disputes over value-for-money savings.
Unions are organising a fight against the closure of BBC workplace nurseries across the UK.
BBC Branches are being asked for views on a major strategy paper on future union activity in the Corporation.
BECTU has condemned the government for setting a six-year formula for the BBC licence fee that will fall below inflation.
Members in BBC TV News could take strike action for the second time in three months, this time over job cuts.
A parliamentary effort is being organised to persuade Gordon Brown that the BBC deserves a generous licence fee formula.