Pay rise brought forward to June

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The BBC is bringing forward this year's pay increase, with staff receiving 1% extra in their pay packets from June rather than the customary August.

The gesture is 'a small way of recognising the hard work that is going on across the BBC in implementing DQF and the challenges we face in 2012', says Lucy Adams, director, Business Operations.

The 1% across the board rise, with a minimum increase of £400 - which may mean a rise of more than 1% for lower paid staff - has not been accepted by the unions, who will meet with BBC management next week to discuss the issue further.

The joint unions are asking for RPI [Retail Prices Index] plus two percent, with a minimum increase of £1000 for grades 2 to 11. RPI is currently 3.6%.

Adams aknowledges that the negotiations may lead to the unions balloting members on industrial action.

'Clearly industrial action won't change the amount we are able to pay, or the economic circumstances we face but it may damage our relationship with our audiences in a year when they will be facing tough economic conditions themselves and will be looking to the BBC for world class coverage of unique events,' she says in an email to staff.

The below inflation pay offer applies to staff in grades 2-11, but the BBC is also proposing to increase senior manager base salaries (excluding the Executive Board and BBC Direction Group who are subject to a pay freeze) by 1%.

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