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BBC unions to ballot as management rejects proposals

25 October 2011

The NUJ has written to all its BBC members, warning them the corporation intends to press ahead with redundancies and service cuts.

Management has refused to lift deadlines for significant changes to its workers' terms and conditions, so the NUJ – with sister unions BECTU and Unite – will now ballot all members across the BBC on industrial action.

The BBC today rejected the joint unions' proposals to ensure the consultation process was conducted in a meaningful and transparent way and instead said it would go ahead with its schedule of cuts and unreasonable timetable.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"It is vital that any consultation process over such major cuts across the BBC is genuine and meaningful – the NUJ is not prepared to accept a fait accompli.
“These misguided cuts put the BBC’s future as a world-class public service broadcaster at risk. BBC executives and the coalition government may not care about quality journalism and programming, but staff and members of the public care passionately about the corporation's future.
"It will be up to all NUJ members and the wider public to fight for our BBC and I urge everyone to do all they can to support our campaign."

Read the joint unions letter to all BBC union members.

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