BBC Hereford and Worcester were among staff taking industrial action today

Worcester News: BBC staff hold 24 hour strike BBC staff hold 24 hour strike

JOURNALISTS from the BBC manned picket lines today as some of the corporation’s staff went on strike for 24 hours.

A picket line was held at BBC Hereford and Worcester, Hylton Road, from 5.45am to 11.30am after the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) failed to reach an agreement over the redeployment of 30 staff facing compulsory redundancy.

It was reported more non-NUJ members took part in the action than previously experienced.

A picket was also held at the Mailbox in Birmingham, home to Midlands Today, from 5am to 2pm.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "The strike is obviously solid and very well supported. It's brilliant to see so many members who have come out to support quality journalism and programming."

A statement from the corporation said they were “disappointed” with the action and apologised to their audience for the disruption to services.

“Unfortunately industrial action does not alter the fact that the BBC has significant savings targets and as a consequence may have to make a number of compulsory redundancies.

“We have made considerable progress in reducing the need for compulsory redundancies through volunteers, redeployment and cancelling vacant positions and we will continue with these efforts.”

Neither the BBC nor the NUJ could say precisely which local programmes had been affected by the action.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:40am Tue 19 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

As licence payers, we presumably are their paymasters. So as a paymaster, i vote we sack them, at least that would save them the inconvenience of compulsory redundancies!
As licence payers, we presumably are their paymasters. So as a paymaster, i vote we sack them, at least that would save them the inconvenience of compulsory redundancies! Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 0

10:28am Tue 19 Feb 13

Hwicce says...

And did anyone notice?
And did anyone notice? Hwicce
  • Score: 0

10:45am Tue 19 Feb 13

green49 says...

You cannot blame people for trying to keep there jobs, they have done nothing wrong, the alright jacks will always have a snipe at them, no it may not change much but we all have the right to stand up for ourselves.

Its the top income people the BBC should be targeting, they are the problem with the whole set up, just look how much the last guy got when he went?
You cannot blame people for trying to keep there jobs, they have done nothing wrong, the alright jacks will always have a snipe at them, no it may not change much but we all have the right to stand up for ourselves. Its the top income people the BBC should be targeting, they are the problem with the whole set up, just look how much the last guy got when he went? green49
  • Score: 0

11:08am Tue 19 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

An awful lot of people don't get an option - especially in the 'private' sector, you put up with what you have, warts an' all, or you change your job. Whether you have done nothing wrong or not, the fact is that there will be redundancies, and striking just wastes more money making the inevitable more inevitable.
An awful lot of people don't get an option - especially in the 'private' sector, you put up with what you have, warts an' all, or you change your job. Whether you have done nothing wrong or not, the fact is that there will be redundancies, and striking just wastes more money making the inevitable more inevitable. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree