News headlines 2006

News headlines in chronological order

January 2006 to December 2006

December 2006

The timetable for the BBC Divisional Conference 2007 has been issued.
Five BECTU BBC Branch Officers' training courses have been organised for 2007.
BECTU has accused the BBC of misleading Parliament over details of its plan to move finance jobs to India.

November 2006

BECTU has called off strikes in BBC news this week after an offer of peace talks from management.
Nearly 100 BECTU members working for BBC News have taken strike action over new working patterns.
Dates have been released for industrial action by BECTU members working for BBC Television News.
BECTU members in BBC TV News in London have voted by more than 90% for strikes over new rotas.

October 2006

BECTU is joining forces with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) to defend pension rights for members in Siemens.
BECTU is seeking an urgent meeting with Xansa, the company that has won the BBC payroll services contract.
Industrial action in Capita's BBC HR unit, which started with a one day strike, is set to continue.
Members in Red Bee Media, formerly BBC Broadcast, have voted by a large majority to accept a 3% pay increase.
The BBC has started an asbestos register for all those potentially exposed to fibres at Television Centre.

September 2006

Negotiators are making plans for a "significant" pay claim after this year's 2.8% offer met a mixed reception from union members.

August 2006

BECTU's BBC members have voted to accept a 2.8% pay increase and watered-down changes to pension benefits.

July 2006

Unions are running a consultative ballot on a revised pay and pensions offer from the BBC.

May 2006

The BBC has announced that plans to out-source Engineering Training have been scrapped after a long opposition campaign.
Unions have agreed to meet BBC management to discuss controversial changes to the staff pension scheme.
Negotiators have rejected out of hand a 2.2% pay offer from BBC Worldwide Ltd.
BECTU has re-issued guidance to members about use of BBC computer equipment.

April 2006

Unions plan to ballot members for strike action if the BBC presses ahead with controversial changes to its pension scheme.
BECTU officials have warned that the union will ballot for industrial action if the BBC makes radical changes to its pension scheme.
Members in Siemens, formerly BBC Technology, have voted by 93% to accept a 3% pay increase.

March 2006

BECTU members in BBC Human Resources have voted by 85% to be balloted for industrial action.
BBC plans to issue compulsory redundancy notices as part of BBC cutbacks has been condemned by unions.
The petition on the proposed privatisation of BBC Engineering Training has been presented to DG Mark Thompson.
Grant Cassidy has won the election to become a trustee of the BBC pension scheme.
The union has issued clarification on the re-employment of redundant BBC staff by the Corporation.
A petition is being run on the proposed privatisation of BBC Engineering Training.
Members in Siemens, formerly BBC Technology, are being balloted on a 3% pay offer for 2006-2007.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2006 include objections to cuts in World Service language services.
BBC Resources members have accepted a 2.5% pay increase for 2006-2007.
Red Bee Media, previously BBC Broadcast, could be facing its first serious dispute since the company was sold to Macquarie last year.
Members in BBC Radio have accepted revised proposals on changes to job descriptions by a slim majority.
The BBC have conceded that staff moving from full-time to part-time working should not lose any additional leave.

February 2006

Members in BBC Resources are being balloted on a 2.5% pay offer for 2006-2007.
Talks on desktop TV editing in Factual & Learning Division look as if they are heading for a formal agreement.
Comments by DG Mark Thompson have prompted BECTU to demand a meeting about the future of the BBC pension scheme.
Unions are backing BECTU member Grant Cassidy in a ballot to elect a trustee of the BBC pension scheme.
Negotiators have been given an extra two months for talks on Mark Thompson's Value for Money job cuts.
BBC Resources has a made an above inflation pay offer in response to the union's 13.5% claim.

January 2006

Four BECTU BBC Branch Officers' training courses have been organised for 2006.
Unions have won another round of discussions over a threat of more than 200 compulsory redundancies.
Unions could ballot for strike action in Radio & Music Division, if members reject a new multi-skilled job description for a second time.
Decades of history look set to end with the closure of the BBC's Research Department in Kingswood Warren.
One year on from the announcement of major cuts at the BBC, talks are still going on in areas facing change.
Last updated 1 May 2007