BBC staff to strike on opening day of Commonwealth Games

BBC staff are set to strike on 23 July, the day that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games begins, as they seek a pay rise.

The move, announced by the NUJ, comes following a ballot for industrial action over pay and appraisals which has been running over the past three weeks.

Results saw 77.2 per cent of members voting for industrial action including strike action and 89.5 per cent voting yes for action short of strike. The strike is set to run from 11.59am to 11.59pm on Wednesday 23 July, with a work-to-rule starting from midnight Thursday 24 July, coupled with an appraisals boycott.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The decisive turnout and result clearly demonstrates that journalists across the BBC are not prepared to put up with paltry pay deals any longer, while those running the corporation continue to enjoy their lavish salary and perks at the same time as dishing out lectures about the need for staff to ‘get austerity’.”

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine are set to host the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, with most of the reporting to be carried out at the corporation’s Glasgow base at Pacific Quay.

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