BBC to meet with Bectu in attempt resolve working practices dispute

BBC management and the broadcasting union Bectu are to meet in an attempt to resolve a dispute over changes to working practices.

Following strike action last week in which 90 technicians in the BBC’s News production facilities walked out over planned rota changes, the BBC has offered to negotiate with the union.

This offer is on condition that future strikes planned for today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) are halted, which Bectu has agreed to.

In addition, the BBC has agreed to move the date of imposition of the rota changes to February to allow talks to take place.

Luke Crawley, Bectu supervisory official, said: “We welcome the offer of talks. If the BBC is serious we will try to reach agreement on the rota changes. However, if they are not, more strikes will take place.”

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