Messages of support for today's BBC strike in Northern Ireland

  • 19 May 2023

Send your messages of support #SaveBBCNI #NUJBBCStrike tag @nujofficial

Gerry Curran & Fran McNulty, vice presidents NUJ

As vice presidents  of the NUJ we fully support the efforts of our members in Northern Ireland in protecting public service and local broadcasting. A withdrawal from decentralised broadcasting is to be protested against and a policy of programme making being undertook near the viewers lives, protected.

Natasha Hirst, NUJ president

Solidarity with our @NUJofficial  members who are on strike today to protect public service broadcasting. Access to local news is vital and the cuts make no sense whatsoever.

Irish Congress 

Full support to all @NUJofficial members @BBCnireland taking industrial action today.

Solidarity from Belfast Trades Union Council with all journalists who have taken strike action today.

NUJ Scotland

Solidarity from Scotland with all our members out on strike at BBC Northern Ireland today. Stay strong knowing that your union and our members throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond are behind you #SaveBBCNI #NUJBBCStrike

London Freelance branch

For the BBC to be cutting jobs and programmes in Northern Ireland at this time is dangerous and wrong. We note that communities across Northern Ireland have expressed dismay and anger over the impact of the cuts, and we are proud of our fellow members who are fighting the corporation's  cost-cutting right across local and regional broadcasting.  NUJ members believe the BBC’s restructuring plans will impact resources and their ability to deliver quality programmes across Northern Ireland. For example, last month the Radio Foyle Breakfast Show was dramatically altered, now 30 minutes instead of its original two-hour duration. The NUJ has been engaged in negotiations with the BBC and has urged them to return to discussions with viable options on alternative ways to make savings.  

Sian Jones PR and Communications NEC member

Sending full solidarity to BBC colleagues taking strike action across Northern Ireland today. Your action is inspiring and the impact is clear - schedules are out the window! Management must listen up and rethink the damaging cuts agenda. There’s more at stake than a few quid here. Local radio content and expertise is vitally important. Full support and solidarity.

Leona O'Neill @LeonaONeill1
Solidarity with journalist colleagues at @bbcradioulster and @BBCRadioFoyle, on strike today over cuts to local journalism services, including the dramatic scaling back of Radio Foyle 

NUJ Manchester

On behalf of NUJ members throughout the North and Midlands of England, we send solidarity greetings to our colleagues at BBC Northern Ireland taking a principled stand for quality journalism. Your action is an inspiration to those who believe in the integrity and validity of original content in local broadcasting and the importance of public service in a democratic society. Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands senior organiser.

Kevin Cooper @photolinepic

Solidarity with all BBC journalists on strike today at BBC Northern Ireland Broadcasting House Belfast.

Raj Sangha Ford, BBC secondee

Sending solidarity and support to @NUJofficial members in Northern Ireland taking strike action today to save local services. #SaveBBCNI #saveBBClocal

The Welsh Executive Council and NUJ members throughout Wales sends solidarity to our colleagues in Northern Ireland who are bravely taking strike action today to protect public service and local broadcasting. 

Mike Higgins

I am a former BBC Scotland producer and I am also a freelance trainer for the NUJ. On every course I run I hear agonising stories from members throughout the industry about job cuts, dreadful management, callous behaviour and disregard for our comrades from the BBC too and middle management.  It was the same when I worked at Pacific Quay. This has got to stop.  Stand firm, colleagues. Let your voices be heard.

Anna Wagstaff, secretary, Oxford and District NUJ branch

Solidarity from the Oxford and District NUJ branch with our colleagues defending BBC Local Radio services in Northern Ireland. Local radio gives communities a voice, an identity, a place where people can connect with things that matter in their lives, and it's how the BBC as a whole keeps abreast of what is going on across the country. BBC Local radio is unique, and it cannot survive these cuts. We're 100% behind you and have just voted £200 to your the NUJ disputes fund in your support. Best of luck.

Cearbhall Ó Síocháin, IEC

More power to your elbows, throats and hearts, comrades. Public Service Media is the water in the well of democracy.


Mark Kennedy

I have been a member of the NUJ all my working life as a professional journalist.  My life reporting as a journalist spans some 60 years and for the last 15 of those years I have been an honorary life member of this union. The work of the NUJ in defending the work, integrity and working conditions of journalists - their pay and conditions - has been immeasurable over the years. Now in any age of AI and fake news, the  NUJ and  the professional journalist are needed as never before. Fake news is everywhere, what to believe as true and authentic, is becoming more blurred by the day. Journalists are needed more and more by the day. Unfortunately the great work they do is becoming less and less valued. I just want to say my heart, support and prayers are with the NUJ members of BBC Norther Ireland as they take action to defend jobs from being axed. May success be with you.

Trudi Barber, Language services,  World Service 

Good luck ..stay strong ..we are behind you....and backing you.....other parts of BBC are facing same cuts and feel as you do..stand firm...

Hayden Murphy

May I put on record my full support for BBC Northern Ireland colleagues. As a Dubliner, now long resident in the UK (Edinburgh), I totally recognise the importance that my colleagues must feel to act as they are doing. At 78, a recently elected NUJ Life Member, I am with them in spirit.


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