BBC Scotland staff set to strike

BBC Scotland: Strike imminent. Picture: Getty
BBC Scotland: Strike imminent. Picture: Getty
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BBC journalists in Scotland have voted in favour of taking industrial action in response to the threat of compulsory ­redundancies, the National Union of Journalists said ­yesterday.

Members of the NUJ at BBC Scotland agreed unanimously to take industrial action in the form of work to rule at a meeting on Friday. The move comes after the ballot for industrial action in December last year.

Yesterday the BBC management were given seven days notice of the action due to take place at their offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh – including the Scottish Parliament – and Selkirk in the Borders.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The BBC should withdraw the threat of compulsory redundancies in Scotland and 
take steps to redeploy staff at risk.

“Journalists will stand in solidarity with colleagues who risk losing their jobs, and members have a clear mandate to take action to stop compulsory redundancies.

“It is not right to start the year with the threat of job cuts, compulsory redundancies are avoidable and the NUJ urges management to get round the table to resolve the dispute by providing sufficient redeployment opportunities to the staff affected.”

A spokeswoman for BBC Scotland said: “We’re continuing to work closely with our staff and the unions to seek re-deployment wherever possible, and those talks are ongoing.”