The BBC is heading for a pay showdown with its unions after negotiations broke down without agreement.
Last month, the broadcaster tabled a two-year offer consisting of a 3.5% rise or £700, whichever was the greater, in 2007 and a 2% rise in 2008. The current rate of inflation is 4.5%.
Luke Crawley, Bectu supervisory official for the BBC division, said: “Union members at the BBC will be angered by this offer, which, due to the current rate of inflation, assumes a cut in pay in real terms for the next two years.
“In light of last year’s settlement, this will mean members being given a pay cut for three years in row.”
Unions are due to meet tomorrow (6 June) to decide their next course of action. Crawley said this could involve balloting for a strike.
The BBC said it was considering its position.