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Solid pension strike rocks BBC bosses

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2226

BBC workers on strike in Birmingham (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

BBC workers on strike in Birmingham (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

The 48-hour strike by NUJ union members at the BBC over management’s attempts to rob workers’ pensions has been solid across Britain.

Many high profile presenters have joined the action, which began today, but its backbone is rank and file members. Local news services across England, Wales and Scotland have been affected. Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, and news on Radio 3 and 6 Music were not broadcast as journalists were on strike.

There has been good support from members of the Bectu union, which has accepted management’s pension offer. In some areas they refused to cross picket lines and joined the NUJ on the spot.

In others they brought tea and biscuits to the picket lines and then went to work.

Jeffrey from BBC Radio 3 told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been an NUJ member for one day after being in Bectu. Director-general Mark Thompson is after a knighthood, and maybe he will get rewarded by the Tories for what he’s trying to do to us.”

Fifty strikers held a lunchtime rally outside BBC Television Centre in London.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010, 12:27 GMT
Issue No. 2226
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