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Action scheduled at BBC

Issue No. 2038

Members of the NUJ and Bectu media unions at the BBC have announced that they will strike on Monday 26 February in a dispute over job cuts.

NUJ representatives from across the BBC unanimously voted to strike after managers refused to reconsider plans for up to six compulsory redundancies.

This is part of the long running dispute over management’s plans to cut costs by slashing thousands of jobs.

Workers struck solidly in May 2005. Jeremy Dear, the NUJ general secretary, said, “BBC managers have absolutely nobody to blame but themselves for this strike – they have dug their heels in over an issue that could easily be resolved.”

Bectu members working for BBC News in London have also voted for strike action.

In a separate dispute Bectu members in news production facilities, part of BBC News, will be restarting a campaign of strike action in opposition to enforced rota changes. They will be taking three days of industrial action from 27 February.

Following a strike in November the BBC offered talks which arrived at a new set of rota proposals which workers rejected in a consultative ballot with a 71 percent majority.

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Sat 17 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2038
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