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Thousands of BBC journalists balloted on industrial action

28 April 2011

Thousands of BBC journalists are being balloted for strike action in response to the threat of compulsory redundancies across the corporation.

About 100 journalists at the World Service, BBC Monitoring, BBC Online and in Scotland and Wales are threatened with compulsory redundancy.

The NUJ, which represents most BBC journalists, is to ballot members after the BBC refused to consider further moves to redeploy or find other work for staff.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

“For months, we have been negotiating with the BBC and have been able to resolve most cases by agreement. But the BBC’s refusal to consider workable alternatives for about 100 staff has left us with no choice but to ballot members for industrial action to defend jobs and services.
“There is no justification for these compulsory redundancies.”

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