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Red Bee Media staff consider response to management

27 November 2009

Union members at Red Bee Media will consider possibility of industrial action at urgent meetings next week. Members of the NUJ and BECTU, the joint unions representing workers at the company, will discuss their response to the company saying it would force through changes to terms and conditions.

The unions have criticised the company for failing to continue talks through procedures that had been agreed with the company.

Red Bee Media has the contract to provide playout services to the BBC as well as other broadcasters. The bulk of the NUJ members in the company provide TV and radio listings services, which are used to populate TV electronic programme guides and by publishers for their listings pages.

The company is attempting to rewrite a number employment policies about how people are managed within the organisation, but have failed to agree the changes with the unions representing the people concerned.

Laura Davison, NUJ assistant organiser, said:

"The company is saying that these changes aren't contentious, so why are they are forcing them through without reaching agreement with the staff affected. The company has refused to continue discussions through the normal procedures and is instead pushing on with its own agenda. We've even offered talks at ACAS, but it appears management is unwilling to negotiate with us on these matters.
"Over the coming week, we'll be consulting with members over next steps, including the possibility of industrial action."

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