BBC journalists call off planned strike

Broadcaster's chief says no new offer on table

LONDON — Today’s strike by BBC journalists protesting over changes to staff pensions has been called off.

The National Union of Journalists said the BBC had agreed to hold talks and to resolve disciplinary action taken against three employees following an earlier stoppage.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said the union was “pleased the BBC has changed its position and agreed to talks. We will endeavour to reach a negotiated settlement.”

However, in an email to staff, director-general Mark Thompson wrote, “The BBC has not changed its pension reform package in any way.”

The BBC is attempting to rein in spending on pensions. It reached agreement with the other main union, Bectu, which represents technical workers, in October.

Last week, domestic BBC news and public affairs shows were disrupted by a 48-hour strike by journalists.

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