14 September 2010
In June the BBC announced plans to reform its pension plan in an
attempt to tackle the pension deficit estimated at £2bn.
The original proposes announced were to impose a cap on
pensionable salaries to a 1% increase each year or to leave the
final salary arrangement and join a new money purchase arrangement
which is offered to new employees.
The new proposal which was sent to the BBC staff on Monday
offers an extra option to that above, a pension based on a career
The new pension benefit would use the average pay of employees
and no new cap would be imposed, however to afford the cost of such
an arrangement, an increase in contributions is required of 7%
instead of the current 4%.
The annual pension would be calculated using 1.67% of the
average salary per year and would increase in line with the
Consumer Prices Index (CPI) or 2.5%, whichever was lower.
On 13 September 2010 the BBC's main unions announced strike
dates of 5, 6, 19 and 20 October 2010 as a result of the pension
The BBC has said.
"We are disappointed that the unions have announced dates for
"We believe our pension proposals address concerns raised by
staff and that they should now have the opportunity to fully
consider and explore them within the context of an ongoing
consultation rather than the threat of a strike."
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