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BBC director-general refuses strike negotiations

Mark Thompson stated the BBC has plans in place to deal with industrial action due to be taken next week.

09 November 2010

The BBC will not enter into any more strike negotiations with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the company's pension's deficit, according to Mark Thompson, director-general of the corporation.

In an email to staff, Mr Thomson said the NUJ was due to take industrial action over a 48-hour period next week, with a work-to-rule plan in place this week.

"We are putting in place plans to handle both of these and will seek, if possible, to offer the public programmes and services from the BBC with even less disruption than last week," he told employees.

Mr Thompson added this will be the line taken by the BBC regardless of how many strikes there are, due to the fact the corporation has already concluded negotiations with four out of the five unions representing its staff.

It has been reported that further disruptions could be caused to the broadcaster's output over Christmas, after the NUJ threatened to walk out during the festive period if no resolution can be agreed upon.

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