Strike action planed in Scotland for today and Monday is suspended, but joint walkout with BECTU scheduled for 28 March remains

Tim Lezard

NUJ BBC Scotland placardsThe NUJ has suspended a 48-hour strike which had been due to begin at midnight last night after BBC Scotland lifted the threat of immediate redundancy over 9 members of staff.

Managers have accepted a call by the union for a 2-month extension on the redeployment period for the affected journalists in Scotland.

Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish Organiser said: “This was achieved by the NUJ Scottish chapels standing firm behind their colleagues and some spirited negotiations by their officials.

“It has been extremely hard work, but it will all be worth it if we can get work for these members and enter talks in a constructive manner in how our newsrooms operate in the future.”

A national walkout planned for next Thursday (28 March) by BECTU and the NUJ is to go ahead.

Unions say around 2,000 jobs are at risk in a round of cost-cutting across the Corporation.

Officials have catalogued what they say is an alarming increase in workplace bullying and harassment of staff accompanied by sharp increases in workloads which are creating a “workshop” atmosphere at the publicy-funded broadcaster.

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