Support the BBC Strikes
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Friday November 05, 2010 14:22 by fw
Stop the LibCon Cuts!
Please support BBC staff who are on strike for 48 hours this Friday and Saturday 5 & 6th November over the corporation's proposal to cut their pensions.
Please join us from 8am on Friday morning till lunchtime at Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road and Belgrave Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2LR.
NUJ members will be there with the Branch banner in support of our colleagues on the picket line defending their rights to a fair deal for their pensions.
Please send messages of support to campaigns at nuj.org.uk Make a donation: make cheques payable to NUJ (marked on back BBC Strike hardship fund) and send to General Secretary, NUJ, Headland House, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP.
Staff face losing tens of thousands of pounds over the course of their pension after they retire under a new BBC scheme which would cap pension increases at only 1% a year. NUJ members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action
The NUJ's General Secretary Jeremy Dear says:
"Can you afford to simply give away £100,000, £25,000 or even 'just' £10,000? Of course not. But those are the kinds of sums every journalist faces losing under the BBC's latest pension proposal.
It's unfair and unacceptable. For all BBC staff it means paying more, working longer or getting significantly lower pensions. In some cases, all three!
BBC journalists are not asking for higher pensions. They are not even saying they wouldn't consider paying more or working longer for a fair pension settlement. That means a deal based on the real deficit in the scheme, not speculative and questionable figures.
It means a pension which does not lose a significant part of its value every single year for the rest of their lives - which is what will happen under the current proposals.
And it should be a deal that means what has been promised to them - which they have already paid for - is protected.
The current offer fails those tests and it fails BBC staff.
That's why they've been left with no choice but to take industrial action on 5 and 6 November and 15 and 16 November. They can't afford not to…and they need YOUR support."
For more information please see the national NUJ website, and our Bristol Branch website.
Support BBC staff to stop the BBC pensions robbery.