Strike vote over pension
BECTU members in the Bush House Network Operations Centre have voted to strike over their future pension arrangements.
There are only 15 staff in the Network Operations Centre, and not all are union members. Last December all 15 became BBC employees when their jobs were transferred in from Babcock Communications Ltd. For some this was a second transfer, as they had previously been BBC employees who were moved to Babcock after World Service transmission operations were privatised in 1997.
In that transfer employees retained their access to a final salary pension scheme, at the insistence of the BBC. But as part of this transfer they were not offered membership of CAB 2011, only the Lifeplan defined contribution scheme.
The BECTU members affected took part in a ballot on industrial action earlier this month, and voted to strike. They will meet early next week to formalise dates for action.