WORKERS FROM the London Operations unit of the BBC staged a 24-hour strike last weekend. The action was just the latest in a wave of discontent across the BBC. One year ago Greg Dyke took over as BBC boss, promising change from the cost cutting that marked the BBC under John Birt.
But little has changed, and workers are facing attacks on conditions and threats of privatisation. The London Operations strike came after the workers, members of the BECTU union, voted in a ballot by three to one for action. BBC management wants more than 50 compulsory redundancies among the London Operations workforce. The strike action is being followed by a week-long work to rule.