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Battle at BBC over cuts

Issue No. 2039

Thousands of members of the NUJ journalists' union are set to strike at the BBC on Monday over compulsory redundancies. Members of the Bectu union working for BBC News in London were also set to strike.

The strike will hit BBC programmes and its website. The action is part of the long running dispute over management’s plans to slash thousands of jobs.

Management has refused to reconsider plans for up to six compulsory redundancies.

Pete Murray, a member of the NUJ national executive, told Socialist Worker, “I work for the BBC in Glasgow and there is a really strong mood up here.

“Around 40 people attended an NUJ chapel [workplace branch] meeting last week and we discussed the action for over an hour.

“If these compulsory redundancies go through, they will come for other people next.

“Nobody knows why management are being so insistent on these six jobs. Since the 3,500 job cuts announced by director general Mark Thompson two years ago there has been a war of attrition.

“There are intense negotiations going on between the union and the management. But if there is just one compulsory redundancy we will strike.”

Bectu members in news production facilities, part of BBC News, are also set to restart a campaign of strike action in opposition to enforced rota changes. They will be on strike for three days from Tuesday of next week.

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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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