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Strike threat over compulsory redundancies at BBC

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The National Union of Journalists has begun a formal ballot for industrial action at the BBC.

It has made the decision to oppose any compulsory redundancies at the corporation.

The union said that this could impact its members working at the World Service, the News Channel, and across England at BBC Local.

“So far the Director of Nations has been the invisible man. Declining to meet with angry MPs or to sit down with NUJ negotiators,” said Paul Siegert, NUJ National Broadcasting Organiser.

“Yet he has found time to blame the NUJ for all the current issues, problems and delays in the roll-out of his own flawed plan. While our members deal with the fall-out of that, his only contribution is to attack the union and the collective bargaining process from the sidelines. This dispute is resolvable and requires serious engagement, not petty provocations. If the BBC refuse to engage properly, as befits a public body, NUJ members across the BBC stand prepared to widen this dispute including taking strike action if necessary.”

The NUJ said it believed that a resolution was possible through “redeployment and flexibility.”

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