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BBC strikes next week are off

Next week's strikes by members of the NUJ at the BBC have been called off after the corporation agreed to meet with unions for further talks.

Staff walked out for 48 hours last Friday and Saturday, leaving many radio services having to play repeats instead of live programmes.

They were due to go on strike again on Monday and Tuesday next week but the NUJ has now cancelled the action after agreeing to meet with the BBC to discuss changes to pensions.

In an email to staff, BBC Director General said: "This is very welcome news. It means that we will be able to deliver our news and current affairs programmes and services to audiences here and around the world without interruption or loss of quality. It also means that our journalistic and broadcast teams will be able to work together without the difficult and sometimes divisive issues that inevitably accompany strikes."

But he added: "The BBC has not changed its pension reform package in any way. We cannot afford to revisit the terms of the agreement we reached with the joint unions at the beginning of October and will not do so."

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