NUJ has announced that members at the BBC will take strike action on 18 February against threat of compulsory redundancies among journalists

Tim Lezard

BBC-Scotland-strikersThe NUJ has announced that hundreds of members at the BBC will take strike action a week today (Monday 18 February) against the threat of compulsory redundancies among journalists.

Officials say a national work-to-rule will also begin from Friday (15 February).

Staff at BBC Scotland, where the first of any compulsory redundancies are due to take effect next month, have been operating a work-to-rule for more than a week.

Union reps say the industrial action has already had a marked effect on working patterns, with management forced to bring in extra freelance workers because of a shortage of staff.

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 next week 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.”

The job losses are part of planned budget cuts which could see more than 2,000 redundancies across the corporation.

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