BBC news programmes in peril over strike action

Proposed strike action is likely to affect the BBC’s news and current affairs output next Monday.

The National Union of Journalists, supported by “several thousand” BBC employees, has confirmed that members will stage a walk-out on 18 February.

From Friday 15 February members will also begin working to rule in protest over job cuts, proposed as part of the BBC’s Delivering Quality First plan.

The BBC says it is “disappointing” that the NUJ has taken this action, though the union’s general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet remained adamant that the strike is justified.

“The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk,” she said.

Both parties claim to be “working hard” to resolve the situation, but the march towards strike action looks inevitable.

(Sources: BBC News, The Telegraph)




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