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Industrial action to hit BBC

The BBC is facing disruption to its finance operations after union members this week voted in favour of strike action at Media Accounting Services, which provides the corporation with accountancy services.

Almost 80% of broadcasting union BECTU’s members approved industrial action in a wages dispute with Medas ? a joint venture between Big Five firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and IT services company EDS. The company has offices in Cardiff and London and took over employment of 400 BBC finance staff in 1998.

The row, revealed in last week’s Accountancy Age, centres on Medas’ plans for a new pay strategy for its staff which would include market rates and salary banding. But the proposals have met with fierce union opposition.

‘Today’s 78.9% majority for actions indicates how annoyed staff at Medas have become,’ said Luke Crawley, BECTU’s supervising official for Medas. ‘It’s no way to treat staff.’

BECTU is now planning a strike among its members, who make 10% of Medas staff.A spokesperson for Medas said changes were being made to ‘modernise its working practices’.

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