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Strike negotiations 'cannot stop BBC action'

BBC workers had initiated a 24-hour strike over plans to bring in forced redundancies.

15 July 2011

Strike negotiations have failed to prevent BBC workers taking to the picket line over redundancies in the World Service.

Because of this, a 24-hour strike is happening today (July 15th) and the employees have drawn support from the Public and Communication Services Union (PCS).

General secretary of the PCS Mark Serwotka said his body is backing those who feel they need to go down the route of industrial action.

"BBC management's decision to try to force journalists out of their jobs is an outrage. Action will send a clear message that compulsory redundancies are unacceptable," he added.

Instead of looking to introduce job losses, Mr Serwotka stated the corporation should look at the money it wastes in pay.

He continued by saying individuals should stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with National Union of Journalist (NUJ) members.

Distinguished film-maker Ken Loach is another personality who has backed the strike, saying the NUJ is right to protest over the forced redundancies.

Posted by Ron Maverick
 

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