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BBC job cuts 'to result in strike action'

Workers at the BBC may take industrial action over proposed job cuts.

07 October 2011

Strike action at the BBC is likely before Christmas after the organisation announced its intention to cut 2,000 jobs.

Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of Bectu - which has over 25,000 members - noted it will be impossible to implement these changes and continue to produce programming of the same standard.

This means union bargaining between the two parities may need to happen in order to reach a resolution.

He remarked unless the BBC changes its stance on their plans, industrial action will be explored, as many are already unhappy about alterations to the pension system.

"The planned attack on staff jobs and staff terms and conditions is a further slap in the face for BBC staff," Mr Morrissey stated.

As well as this, some 1,000 roles are to be relocated as BBC Three is moved up to Media City in Salford.

For those who do not want to travel up north, seeking a redeployment option may not be possible.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Bectu press release, October 6th

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