Management and NBH tour guides settle dispute

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BBC tour guides in London have voted unanimously to accept a new management offer that will reduce proposed wage cuts.

The compromise has been reached after guides held five strikes and participated in a work-to-rule since April.

It followed the workers' move from Television Centre to New Broadcasting House, where tours were cut from two hours to 90 minutes, partly due to less access and a smaller area.

Management initially wanted to reduce the previous 7.5-hour shift to 6.25 hours, which broadcasting union Bectu said would lead to a 17% wage cut.

But tour guides have now accepted a proposal to do seven-hour shifts and will take on extra front-of-house duties.

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Luke Crawley, Bectu assistant general secretary, said the accepted offer was "similar to a proposal tabled by Bectu in March but which management rejected".

He added union membership among the guides had grown from 10% to 85% during the dispute, and the resolution was "a shining example of why you need a union".

"I know they would also like to say thank you to all those union members based at New Broadcasting House who showed support when they were on strike."

A BBC spokesperson said: "We welcome the resolution of the dispute."

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