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BBC workers

by Somaye Zadeh, Bectu Bush House branch rep
Issue No. 1975

The NUJ and Bectu unions are campaigning against the BBC’s plans to axe foreign language services at BBC World Service, threatening 283 staff with redundancy.

These cuts will mainly hit staff at Bush House in central London.

The BBC argues that now countries in Eastern Europe and elsewhere have a free media they don’t need the BBC.

But if that’s the case, why are they closing down the Thai and Kazakh sections?

The BBC wants to use the money it saves to set up a new Arabic channel, even though the Middle East has a number of its own TV channels.

Thousands of BBC workers struck in May against management’s plans to axe 4,000 jobs. We should be calling for protests and strikes against the latest attack on jobs.

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Sat 5 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1975
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