Workers at the BBC have faced a difficult two years. Hundreds walked out in January 2004 when the Hutton Report into the death of David Kelly criticised the BBC rather than the British government.
“The last time people were together outside the building was after Greg Dyke resigned as director-general,” said Pete Murray. “We want to keep the BBC free from political and commercial interference.”
BBC workers are now planning to up the pressure on Thompson and other senior managers by striking on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
“Monday’s strike was a success, but it is only a start,” says Peter Murray. “Next week we have to make sure there are no NUJ, Bectu or Amicus workers in the buildings.
“Management now know that’s it’s not just a minority of militants fighting for their jobs.”