2005 BBC proposals issued

Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2005 include objections to planned cuts and privatisation.

BECTU Branches in the BBC have submitted proposals, detailed below, for this year's Conference to be held on 3 June 2005 in Liverpool.

Beforehand BBC Branches have until 1200 on 13 April 2005 to put forward amendments to the proposals.

Both these amendments and the original proposals will be subject to debate and voting at Conference by BECTU Branch delegates from across the BBC.

BECTU Branches are reminded they must notify Head Office of their Conference delegates by 22 April 2005.

BECTU Branches can submit amendments to these proposals using the forms enclosed with BBC Divisional letter 2582 dated 1 March 2005.

Nominations by Branches for the BBC Divisional Committee 2005-2006, and for the Standing Orders Committee (SOC) for the 2006 BBC Divisional Conference, can also be made using forms attached to this letter.

The BBC Divisional Conference SOC have issued the below relating to propositions submitted by Branches.

BBC Divisional Conference propositions accepted by SOC

Proposition 1: BBC cuts

That this BBC Divisional Conference opposes the BBC cuts and privatisation proposals originally made in December 2004.

In particular it does not agree with the 15% cut in budgets, the increase in independent productions and proposed privatisation, joint-venture and/or break up of Resources and Broadcast.

It also questions the logic of a number of proposed departmental moves out of London.

ESPG Branch

Proposition 2: Night work payments

That this BBC Divisional Conference demands that the BBC and Siemens (for ex BBCT Staff) review the existing system of night shift payments (ie 24:00 to 04:00 and 04:00 to 06:00) because it does not adequately compensate night workers.

BECTU should argue for a new formula as follows:

All hours worked between 10pm and 8am should qualify for an hourly payment of £9.85 (minimum). This amount to be increased in each annual pay settlement in line with other actuality payments.

IT Branch

Proposition 3: BBC move to Manchester

That this BBC Divisional Conference believes in the expansion of Broadcasting and Production in Nations and Regions but is opposed to the proposed move of BBC Departments to Manchester which we believe is not in the best interests of BECTU members, the BBC and programmes themselves.

London Television News Branch

Proposition 4: BBC cuts

That this BBC Divisional Conference deplores the cuts and privatisation announced for the BBC by Director General Mark Thompson which seriously threaten Public Broadcasting in the UK. This Conference supports the efforts of BECTU Officials and lay Reps as well as the other BBC Unions’ Officials in the fight against the cuts which, if allowed to go ahead unchallenged, would have a serious impact on the BBC and the whole Broadcasting Industry.

Bush Branch

Proposition 5: Safety Reps in the BBC

That this BBC Divisional Conference seeks recognition from the BBC that BECTU Safety Reps provide key support in the BBC’s own safety structure and that Management rely heavily on BECTU safety reps and officials in order to fulfil their legal obligations to Health and Safety.

In the BBC recognising the above, to set up a mechanism whereby Safety Representatives from branches with similar interest across the BBC can meet in a structured manner with paid release to exchange knowledge and information. Resolutions from such meetings would feed into the BBC Division, BBC Divisional Health and Safety Committee or National Joint Council Health and Safety Committee.

Bush Branch

BBC Divisional Conference propositions rejected by SOC

Proposition 1: NJC composition

That this BBC Divisional Conference believes that the NJC team should be drawn from those elected to the BBC Divisional Committee.

London Television News Branch

SOC's reason for rejection: It was received out of time.

3 March 2005