Strike off as BBC ups pay offer

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The joint unions have suspended the strike over pay that had threatened to disrupt coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

They will now consult their members on a new offer from the BBC, which proposes an additional £150 rise - payable from January 2015 - on top of the £650 for staff on £50k or less and £500 for those on more than £50k it is offering from August.

The proposal also includes a staggered 2.7% increase to the floors and ceilings of salaries in grades 2-11, as well as to allowances like UPA, London Weighting, Night Pay and Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Day payments.

The BBC, which is also committing to a 2.5% rise for all staff on grades 2-11 in August 2015, said this it was its final offer.

'We all know this is a difficult financial environment for us, but I hope you agree that it shows we value all of you and listen to your concerns,' said Tony Hall in an email to staff.

'And, for the teams working on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, I'm glad you can now concentrate on what promises to be an extraordinary event.'

The unions' consultative ballot on the new deal will run from July 22 until noon on August 5.

Members last week voted in favour of strike action on July 23, when the Commonwealth Games begin.

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