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BBC announces date for strike on redundancies

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

February 11, 2013 | 2 min read

The NUJ has announced that BBC members of the union will go on strike next Monday, 18 February, as part of a dispute over compulsory redundancies.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “After months of negotiations with BBC Scotland management, NUJ reps fighting to secure the jobs of nine of their colleagues discovered that six jobs were being externally advertised, offering six-month contracts to journalists who do not work for the corporation. The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk. This demonstrates the significant failures of some managers to uphold key aspects of the redeployment agreement, let alone the spirit of the deal.

"In the meantime we have meetings planned with the BBC and we want to engage in meaningful negotiations to resolve this dispute - I hope common sense prevails and a sensible solution is agreed which will mean that strike action is not necessary."

As well as the strike, a work to rule will begin on 15 February, following the same taking place at BBC Scotland from 8 February.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We understand how frustrating and difficult situations involving redundancies can be, but it is disappointing the NUJ have chosen to take this action.

"We are working hard to ensure that we succeed in getting staff redeployed wherever we can and will continue to work with the unions to ensure that their members receive the right redeployment support."

The strike comes as part of plans by the BBC to cut 2,000 jobs across the corporation as part of its Delivering Quality First programme.

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