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Union bargaining may stop Bectu strike

Bectu has called a strike for September 30th in protest at four editor positions being cut.

28 September 2011

Bectu workers in BBC Cymru Wales in both Cardiff and Bangor are launching a 24-hour strike as a protest against compulsory redundancies.

The demonstration is to go ahead on September 30th at 03:00 BST and comes after strike negotiations had managed to have earlier planned industrial action put on hold.

At the centre of the argument is the decision to axe four editor posts and Bectu is of the opinion that redeployment opportunities can and should be found for the employees.

Workers at sites in Abersystwyth, Swansea, Upper Boat and Wrexham are also set to take to the picket line to express their solidarity with the individuals who are faced with losing their jobs.

David Donovan, national official for Wales, said: "Our members are disappointed at the lack of progress despite the continued talks. Strike action is the last resort, but we are now preparing for this."

It remains to be seen whether union bargaining can prevent Bectu - which has over 25,000 members - from holding the protest.

Posted by Feel Quinn

Source: Bectu press release, September 27th

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