2007 BBC proposals issued

Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2007 centre on value-for-money cuts and the proposed Resources sell-off.

BECTU Branches in the BBC have submitted proposals, detailed below, for this year's Conference to be held on 29 April 2007 in Bournemouth.

Beforehand BBC Branches have until 1200 on 12 March 2007 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.

Branches are reminded they must notify Head Office of their Conference delegates by 13 March 2007.

BECTU Branches can submit amendments to these proposals using the forms enclosed with BBC Divisional letter 2648 dated 13 February 2007.

Nominations by Branches for the BBC Divisional Committee 2007-2008, and for the Standing Orders Committee (SOC) for the 2008 BBC Divisional Conference, can also be made using forms attached to this letter.

The BBC Divisional Conference is held the day after the main BECTU Conference.

Detailed below are propositions submitted by Branches accepted and rejected by the BBC Conference Standing Orders Committee (SOC).

BBC Divisional Conference propositions accepted by SOC

Proposition 1: Licence fee settlement

That this BBC Divisional Conference remembers Mark Thompson's promise that the VfM cuts (the largest round of cuts in BBC history) would ensure that there would be no need for the constant upheaval, as experienced in the John Birt era.

This conference expects the Director General to honour his word despite his failure to secure a licence fee settlement in line with inflation, resulting in a real terms cut in the level of licence fee income.

It further resolves to oppose any further job cuts, and to fight any compulsory redundancies by any means available, including strike action.

Central London Engineering & Technology Branch

Proposition 2: BBC Resources sell-off

That this BBC Divisional Conference restates its opposition to the proposed BBC Resources sell-off, which is illogical both in public service and business terms, and will implement all appropriate action to oppose such a sell-off.


Proposition 3: [untitled]

This branch is concerned at the fall out from the value for money exercise. The reality is hitting home as those left are expected to pick up the workload from those made redundant. Staff are expected to work longer as they were already working smarter. BBC staff need to be protected from managers always asking for more.

That this Divisional Conference with the support of the NJC takes fully into account the extra work expected of the staff who have stayed at the BBC (after VFM exercises) when negotiating future terms and conditions with the BBC.

DEC Branch

BBC Divisional Conference propositions rejected by SOC

Proposition 1: [untitled]

That this Conference condemns the BBC Director-General Mark Thompson for his incompetent handling of the negotiation process, and calls on him to take responsibility for his failure by resigning.

This Conference condemns the government for under-funding the BBC and unreasonably requiring it to take on a role in digital switchover, and further condemns the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown for using the BBC budget as an instrument of economic policy, rather than examining the business case of the corporation.

Radio and Music Production Branch

SOC's reason for rejection: Received out of time.

Proposition 2: [untitled]

That this BBC Divisional Conference condemns the introduction of the paltry Career Average Pension Scheme for new employees.

The new scheme is not only grossly inadequate, but dangerously divisive. Not only does it represent a major pay cut for all future BBC employees, but it also allows the BBC to prepare the groundwork for inflicting the same pay cut on existing employees at sometime in the future when staff turnover will have undermined support for action by those who are still members of the final salary scheme.

This Conference therefore instructs the BBC Division to commit itself to a broad campaign across all available media to make staff aware of the threat to final salary scheme members, and to do everything in its power, including strike action, to get the Career Average Scheme scrapped.

Radio and Music Production Branch

SOC's reason for rejection: Received out of time.

14 February 2007