Broadcast unions were today handing out 10,000 leaflets headed 'Stop the BBC Pensions Robbery' to staff at BBC workplaces as a ballot over pay and pensions began. In June, BBC management revealed plans to limit increases in pensionable salary to a maximum 1% a year and to close the final-salary scheme to new joiners. NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “I’ve never witnessed such anger at a BBC proposal. People feel betrayed by the BBC’s broken promises on pensions and the reaction we got this morning demonstrated that BBC management needs to withdraw the proposals, sit down with the unions and negotiate a fair resolution to the pensions deficit or face determined industrial action”.
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