NUJ ballots BBC journalists for further industrial action

  • 10 Jul 2023

The union has informed the broadcaster of a new ballot to members at BBC Local (England) over changes to local radio services and jobs.  

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is in an ongoing dispute with the BBC over drastic changes to local radio services. Despite talks, the organisation has refused to rule out compulsory redundancies and major changes including to rotas and journalists’ terms and conditions. As the current mandate for industrial action expires in August, the NUJ is seeking members’ views on strike action, to inform next steps.

Political pressure and widespread support for the #KeepBBCLocalRadioLocal campaign has highlighted the value of local radio to millions who tune in weekly. Last week, NUJ reps were joined by MPs and representatives from the National Federation of the Blind at 10 Downing Street, to deliver a petition opposing cuts to services and its impact on communities.

Journalists at BBC Local are striking for 24 hours from 11am on 20 July in another bout of industrial action to keep BBC local radio local. The NUJ continues to engage with BBC management in an effort to resolve the dispute.  

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