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South Asian services journalists picket BBC’s Bush House

26 February 2009

Journalists from the BBC's South Asian services have been picketing their iconic Bush House headquarters in London through the night. They walked out on the stroke of midnight for a 24-hour strike over the outsourcing of their jobs to India, Pakistan and Nepal.

More than 40 NUJ and broadcasting union BECTU members are taking part in the BBC World Service action. Staff from the Hindi, Nepali and Urdu sections of the BBC World Service are concerned about the corporation's proposals, having spent months campaigning against outsourcing.

Gerry Morrissey, BECTU General Secretary, and Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, will visit the picket line at Aldwych at 3pm today.

Michelle Stanistreet said:

"The BBC wants to send loyal staff to work thousands of miles away on worse terms and conditions. The corporation doesn't seem to mind giving up editorial independence  to local censorship laws. The NUJ will continue to support our members who are standing up for journalists and journalism."

UK Members of Parliament have tabled early day motions in the House of Commons supporting the BBC strikes and the ongoing industrial action in by Yorkshire Post newspapers journalists in Leeds.

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