BECTU members at the BBC in Birmingham have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over a threat to move production of key programmes out of the corporation’s Mailbox site. Members are angry that the BBC has failed to consult staff on plans to take pro …

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BECTU members at the BBC in Birmingham have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over a threat to move production of key programmes out of the corporation’s Mailbox site.

Members are angry that the BBC has failed to consult staff on plans to take programmes such as Farming Today, Costing The Earth and The Food Programme out of the main production centre in the Midlands.

National official Anna Murray said: “BECTU believed that it was important that those who face losing their jobs or relocation should have an opportunity to make their voices heard via the negotiation process.

“But as the BBC was unwilling to reconsider its plans or lift the programme move implementation dates, we had no alternative but to ballot for industrial action.”

The union says talks with local reps and members will take place this week to decide on their next steps.

The BBC says it remains open to dialogue to resolve the dispute.


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