BBC journalists reveal strike date
BBC journalists to strike over compulsory redundancies - © NUJ
8 July 2011
Journalists at the BBC are to take strike action on 15 July over compulsory redundancies.
The NUJ has called for urgent talks with the corporation to resolve the threat of compulsory redundancies for a small number of outstanding cases and for the reinstatement of a member dismissed by the BBC World Service.
Industrial action will go ahead if the BBC fails to address these issues.
Management has so far rejected NUJ solutions to resolve the issues, and two NUJ members at BBC Monitoring are due to be forced to leave their jobs during the next 10 days.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"We know that there are hundreds of people who want to leave the BBC and who have been denied that chance. Yet, at the same time, people are now being forced out of the door.
"We merely want the BBC to manage the redundancy process in a humane and fair way.
"This unprecedented attack and threat to the livelihoods of NUJ members now and in the immediate future is a direct result of the licence fee deal done behind closed doors by the BBC in 2010.
"We believe that the BBC’s resources should be spent on protecting core journalism and programming for audiences. This means prioritising its staff. It is wasteful and unfair to force people to leave the BBC when there are viable redeployment alternatives and volunteers who are not being allowed to go.
"It is not right that people are being forced into compulsory redundancy when the Foreign Office has granted the BBC an extra £2.2 million for the next three years.
"While journalists are bearing the impact of these cuts, the BBC is not acting to tackle the major problem of excessive executive pay – salaries at the top of the BBC are a staggering 21.5 times the median salary and 47 times the lowest salary.
"If pay was fairer, fewer jobs of programme makers and broadcasters would be at risk.
"The NUJ represents more than 80 per cent of journalists working for the corporation. We are confident all NUJ members will fight compulsory redundancies and make the case for an alternative.
"The NUJ stands prepared to continue talks and negotiate meaningfully with the BBC to avert industrial action. I hope the corporation takes up this offer and a sensible resolution can be reached."