Four days of strike action by National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members working at BBC South and at local newspaper The Daily Echo – scheduled to take place this week – have now been called off.
Both the BBC and Daily Echo were hit last week with 48 hour stoppages by NUJ members however both sets of workers have now agreed to suspend action to allow further talks to talk place.
A shared concern of both the Echo and BBC staff were proposed changes to pension arrangements which the journalists argued would leave many members worse off.
The Daily Echo workers were also in dispute over a two year pay freeze.
Last Tuesday some of the 40 members of the Echo editorial staff out on strike picketed a meeting of the Press Complaints Commission which was being hosted by the Echo at Southampton Art Gallery.
David Brine, NUJ representative at the Southern Daily Echo, said:
“Last week’s strike was a last resort after months of fruitless negotiations. Members felt there is no alternative but now we are offering management another chance to negotiate with us.
“We have offered major concessions such as accepting a zero per cent settlement and having the loyalty payments reinstated but management has refused to budge an inch and enter into meaningful talks.”
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