NUJ raises alarm over Scots BBC jobs
30 August 2012
The NUJ’s Scottish organiser has told BBC management it will be almost impossible to find enough volunteers for redundancy in the short time-frame given to losing 35 job losses across Scotland.
Paul Holleran said unless redundancy terms were improved, he could not see the figures being reached before the end of September.
"While we knew cuts were coming, it would be no exaggeration to state that people in radio and the newsroom in particular were shocked by the large numbers affected.
"At a time when BBC Scotland should be getting more resources to deal with the growing demand for political debate around the independence referendum and what kind of a future we want for Scotland, these cuts are forced through because of the bad deal over the licence fee settlement.
"Managers are already finding it difficult to produce programmes with the present staffing levels – and only then with a lot of good will from our members. I am pessimistic about these cuts being completed without conflict but we will meet management again soon to hear their proposals – that will give us a clearer picture."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The cuts proposed in Scotland will damage the BBC. Under the so-called Delivering Quality First programme, the BBC must find 20 per cent cuts, the corporation plans to axe thousands of jobs and the licence fee remains frozen until 2017.
"At the same time, the BBC must pay out an extra £340 million to fund the World Service, local TV and the rollout of fast broadband.
"The NUJ is calling on the BBC to defend quality journalism, improve the licence fee settlement and avoid compulsory redundancies."