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All out for yes vote at BBC

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2080

Up to 10,000 workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions at the BBC are balloting for strike action against devastating compulsory redundancies. The ballot closes in the second week of January.

Pete Murray, NUJ deputy father of chapel (workplace rep) at BBC Scotland, told Socialist Worker that in many offices details of cuts and job losses are only just being announced. He said, “We need to hold our nerve and win a big yes vote for action. We can’t let management pick workers off section by section or try to divide us.”

He added that the cuts will have a big impact on the quality of broadcasting. “It looks like management want to get rid of experienced workers and bring in a new workforce on lower pay and with heavier workloads,” he said.

“We have to think about a campaign of action that can win – this isn’t something we will win through a one day strike.

“Here in Glasgow, NUJ members at the Herald newspaper recently won an impressive victory. They had to take a series of strikes but also launched a wider campaign that had a big impact. We can learn some lessons from their victory.”

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Tue 4 Dec 2007, 18:35 GMT
Issue No. 2080
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