BBC union leaders to discuss peace deal

Union leaders at the BBC will meet today to decide whether to accept a deal on job losses or make a new threat of strike action.

Thousands of BBC staff were due to walk out for 48 hours from today, but the stoppage was averted after 20 hours of talks between the corporation and union officials last week.

Local union representatives and national officials of three trade unions will meet to discuss a proposed peace deal.

The BBC has offered a one-year moratorium on compulsory redundancies, and the postponement of plans to outsource some jobs.

The corporation had originally planned to axe almost 4,000 jobs as part of proposals to make savings of £355m.

However, sources said there is doubt as to whether the offer is good enough to end the dispute, and there is a possibility that local representatives of the National Union of Journalists will reject the proposed deal.

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