WELFARE – BBC journalists to take strike action

500px-BBC_News.svgThousands of journalists from across the BBC are planning to strike over the BBC’s initiative, Delivering Quality First, which plans to cut over 2000 jobs.

The jobs will be lost across a range of BBC services through compulsory redundancies, including Newsbeat, Five Live, Big Screens, Asian Network, and the World Service.

Members of the National Union of Journalists were balloted in December, and voted to take industrial action unless the BBC agrees to redeploy staff affected under a scheme agreed with the NUJ.

The deadline for industrial action or an agreement to redeploy is sometime in March. In the meantime staff across the BBC are taking work to rule action.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “Our members are being forced to escalate action against these compulsory redundancies because of the lack of movement from management to properly use the redeployment system – this lack of engagement is particularly entrenched in BBC Scotland where nine members face losing their job at the end of March.

“Just last week a former NUJ rep Russell Maddicks won his case against the BBC for unfair dismissal – the industrial tribunal found fault with key elements of the BBC’s processes and procedures. Russell lost his job despite there being suitable available redeployment opportunities – NUJ members at the BBC are determined to ensure that no one else loses their job because of such pointless bureaucracy and managerial intransigence.

“If the BBC wants to resolve this dispute, they need to engage meaningfully with the NUJ and find opportunities for these talented experienced journalists at risk – rather than waste public money on needless compulsory redundancies.”

Source: National Union of Journalists

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