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24 hour strike channel at BBC World News

Issue No. 2512

bbc Strike

Pickets at BBC World Service last week (Pic: NUJ)


Members of the NUJ union working on the BBC World News channel struck for 24 hours on Thursday of last week.

The strikers are fighting against changes to their shift rotas which would see them working dangerously long hours.

Many of the workers at the 24-hour news channel already work irregular and unsocial hours. And an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive has found that workers at BBC World News work “excessive hours”.

Now BBC bosses want to impose shift changes which will mean workers have to work even longer.

David Campanale, NUJ Father of the Chapel (union rep) at BBC World News, said, “When asked at a staff consultation whether management was concerned that longer hours and more days would worsen sickness rates, harm already rock-bottom morale or undermine staff productivity, the head of the channel replied that this was a risk she was ‘prepared to take’.

“We are taking action on behalf of all members who work unsocial shifts—we are asking only for fair conditions.”

 


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