BBC chapel saves worker from forced redundancy
17 September 2008
Union members have saved a staff member being made compulsorily redundant at BBC Scotland by threatening to endorse a ballot for industrial action across the corporation.
The union has a no compulsory redundancies policy. When management rejected a final appeal by one member of staff against his forced redundancy the BBC Scotland NUJ chapel called an emergency meeting.
That meeting voted for a meeting of all BBC mothers and fathers of the chapel to endorse a ballot for industrial action across the corporation.
With the threat of new strikes in the air, BBC Scotland has agreed a settlement with the chapel.
Peter Murray, NUJ vice-president, who is also deputy FoC at the BBC in Glasgow, said:
“With the BBC warning of still more redundancies and further attacks on programme budgets right across the organisation, it is vital that our activists at the BBC do not drop their guard.
“The determined support from other chapels in this case shows that the NUJ will not compromise on its principle that we will resist all compulsory redundancies – with industrial action, if necessary.”