BBC attempts to avert strike action

BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, has met union negotiators from the NUJ, Bectu and Amicus in an attempt to stave off the threat of strikes over planned job cuts.

The NUJ has threatened strike action over 200 journalists, producers and technical staff facing compulsory redundancy.

The BBC plans to lose 3,780 posts over three years, but last June agreed to put compulsory redundancies on hold for a year after a 24-hour strike in May.

The NUJ said talks had reached agreement on savings including voluntary redundancies, but that the BBC was still insisting 200 jobs would be axed in areas including BBC Scotland and BBC Wales, as well as in its news and factual and learning divisions.

NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear, told BBC Online: “After months of tough and intensive negotiations across the whole of the BBC, many key issues have now been resolved. The BBC risks throwing all that progress away [with its] unreasonable insistence on compulsory redundancies.”

Amicus also said it would ballot for a strike if the corporation insisted on compulsory redundancies.

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