BECTU members employed by Siemens on the BBC account have voted in favour of industrial action over a reputed ‘pay freeze’.

The ballot polled an 80% majority in favour of action short of a strike with 65% of members voting in favour of actual strike action. 

Management were notified of the result and have been invited to re-enter negotiations.

As a result both sides will meet again on Wednesday (24 March).

National official, Suresh Chawla, commented: ‘Our members have clearly demonstrated that this situation is unacceptable and we’re hopeful that by getting back round the table with the employer we can avoid industrial action and reach an amicable settlement.”