BECTU members vote by 82% to take action over disputed leave arrangements

BBCStudio managers working on domestic radio news programmes for BBC News have today voted by 82% in favour of strike action in a dispute about leave rights after work on a public holiday.

Most BBC staff are allowed to take a day off in return for working on a public holiday but News studio managers are only credited with eight hours even though they will have worked nine hours on a day shift, or ten hours on a night shift.

This means that when they want to take a day off as compensation for working on a public holiday they need to use the eight hours credited plus an additional hour to get a day off (plus two hours if they want to be off on a night shift).

BECTU assistant general secretary Luke Crawley said: “This result sends a message to the BBC that they need to reconsider their position and come back with a better offer. If people do a day’s work on a bank holiday then they should be able to take a day off in lieu, a day for a day.”

This result follows a successful strike on 1 April by studio managers working on World Service radio programmes. Both groups will now coordinate future industrial action for maximum impact.

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