BBC's final pay offer is £800
The BBC has tabled its final pay offer for staff, raising it to £800 or a 1% rise, whichever is higher.
The 2013/14 pay rise will apply to all staff on grades 2 to 11 and is an improvement on the £650 proposed last month.
'We can't change the tough economic climate and, at a time when the whole country is living with austerity, there are limits to what we can do,' said director general Tony Hall.
For staff earning £40,000, the pay deal will be equal to a 2% rise, while for staff on £30,000 it will be 2.7%, which is the same as the current rate of inflation. Staff on £20,000 will see it rise by 4%.
Hall said: 'This means that 70% of colleagues will receive a 2% or greater rise and with our lower paid people getting more.'
The unions had been seeking a flat-rate increase of £1200 across the board. Bectu and the NUJ had rejected the latest pay deal and balloted their members to strike. The ballot was going to close on July 4, but this has been changed to take account of the new proposals, including revisions to UPA and the redundancy policy.Concessions
UPA will end for new joiners to the BBC and it will be consolidated into pay packets for existing staff - but not until January 1 2014. The deferment will give the unions and the BBC more time to work through the changes and how they will be implemented.
The BBC also announced that it will no longer be freezing redundancy entitlement. Those who joined before January 1 2013 will be able to accumulate one month's redundancy pay for every year worked up to the existing cap of 24 months or £150,000, whichever happens to be lower.
A formal consultation will now take place on the changes to the redundancy policy, to which staff are invited to contribute. You can take part here.
In concluding his message to staff on the pay deal, Hall said: 'I hope you recognise that we are trying to give a fair offer to all staff.'Union ballot
The unions responded by extending their ballot period. A consultation ballot will now run until July 18 for Bectu members and July 26 for those with the NUJ, to allow members to participate in a new vote to accept or reject the revised offer.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: 'The NUJ negotiation team have worked hard to push BBC management to change their initial plans. We have had some movement on the core areas of concern to the unions, so now it is over to our members at the BBC to decide.'
Responding to the new proposals, Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of Bectu, said: 'Chipping away at our members' pay and conditions cannot be allowed to continue and we are committed to continue the argument about where staff are in the BBC's priority list.'