Ballot closes this week

We’ll find out after Thursday whether the BBC’s “final” offer has been rejected. At least one of the unions – the NUJ – seems confident its members will reject the offer.

I keep asking myself this question: if CAB 2011 had been Mark Thompson’s first proposal three months ago, what would our reaction have been? I think we’d have thrown it out with contempt. The BBC is trying the oldest trick in the book – make an outrageous offer, then come back with one that’s marginally less outrageous and present it as a concession, in the hope that this way we’ll buy something we would never have accepted under normal circumstances.

We only have this one chance to fight for our pensions, so it won’t come as any surprise to readers of this blog that I hope there’s a resounding “no” vote.

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