Socialist Worker

BBC pickets solid across country

Issue No. 2227

On the picket line

On the picket line

BBC studios and offices across the country were picketed by striking NUJ members. Pickets were strong on both Friday and Saturday of last week.

It was clear from the size and mood of the picket lines that workers want to fight the attacks on their pensions.

Bectu members, including camera operators, satellite truck engineers and video editors, refused en masse to cross picket lines at Newcastle and Southampton.

In Newcastle, students delivered a collection.

On day two of the strike BBC Radio Cumbria had no local news reports whatsoever, and the Bectu members in the production team for Radio 4’s Loose Ends refused to cross the NUJ picket line.

BBC Arabic television was off air and only broadcasting pre-recorded material.

This was the case for many other services and programmes.

In Cardiff trade unionists from Bectu, RMT and the PCS came to show their support.

And in Manchester NUJ members at the BBC offices in Manchester held a lively picket.

Delegations from local Unison branches, the trades council and the students visited to show support.

In London, trade unionists and students on Saturday’s anti-racist protest cheered the Bush House picket line as they passed by. Many broke from the march away to express solidarity with the strikers.

The next strike is due to take place on 15 and 16 November.

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