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Strike negotiations to prevent industrial action at BBC?

The BBC and the NUJ are trying to find an agreement that will prevent the latter from going on strike.

14 July 2011

Strike negotiations are set to go down to the wire to decide whether BBC workers will pursue industrial action.

A 24-hour walkout is planned for Friday (July 15th) over the axing of roles within the BBC World Service.

According to the Guardian, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has released a memo outlining five ways to avert the protests.

These include cutting red tape for redeployment, extending the leaving dates of those at risk and agreeing to release volunteers.

The BBC told the paper it remains in "continuous talks" with the NUJ over finding an agreement, but if union bargaining does not work then individuals are set to go to the picket line.

In order to cope with problems associated with a strike, contingency plans are being drawn up to ensure coverage is not affected.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet recently said she was hopeful that a "sensible resolution" between the two parties could be reached.

Posted by David Gleck

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