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Beeb stave off strike.

BBC bosses yesterday averted a strike threat after they agreed to delay plans to axe 2500 jobs by two weeks.

Unions had warned that if letters had been sent out to staff yesterday seeking volunteers for redundancy, they would call for a strike ballot.

Director general Mark Thompson has outlined plans for a restructuring which will see 2500 jobs axed - 230 of them in Scotland - as part of their plans to meet a pounds 2billion hole in funding.

But an emergency meeting of the BBC's executive board agreed to shelve the trawl for volunteers until November 5.

The corporation said: "The BBC are committed to working closely with unions in the best interest of staff. We have written to the unions to invite them to continue the dialogue."

Last night, the unions - BECTU, the NUJ and Unite - said the delay would allow them and the BBC to work out a national framework for redundancy talks.

This would ensure all areas of the organisation were treated the same.

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