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BBC Wales journalists to ballot over sacking of union activist

13 April 2012

The NUJ has served notice on BBC Wales of its intention to run a strike ballot among members in Cardiff and Bangor over the sacking of a union activist.

Heidi Williams, a TV producer and long-standing BECTU representative, has been dismissed by the BBC.

Ballot papers will be distributed on Friday 20 April with a closing date of Monday 14 May. If the votes are positive, formal notice of intention to strike could be served on the same day leaving the unions free to take action from 22 May.

In a letter to BBC management, the NUJ said:

"A trade dispute exists between the NUJ and the BBC concerning the vicimisation and less favourable treatment of trade union activists employed by BBC Cardiff and in particular the decision to dismiss the BECTU branch chair at BBC Cardiff."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The targeting of a respected and committed BECTU rep comes at a time when the unions at the BBC are fighting unprecedented cuts across the corporation. Trade union reps are playing a vital role in this battle, standing up and defending the corner of all their members – we will not allow the BBC to get away with picking off and victimising trade unionists in this way."

Sue Harris, NUJ Broadcasting Organiser, said:

"The union condemns the victimisation of trade unionists and we stand together with BECTU on this issue. The NUJ calls on management to take immediate action to resolve the dispute."

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