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Job cuts – strike vote 5 February 2007

Posted by nujbbclondon in General.
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BBC M/FoCs met to consider the BBC’s threat of compulsory redundancies on 30 January, after consulting their chapel members on what we should do. The cuts are part of the ongoing so-called ‘Value for Money’ process.

Here’s the resolution that was passed unanimously.

This M/FoCs meeting condemns BBC plans for compulsory redundancies.

It is BBC managers’ failings and intransigence in negotiations which is preventing a solution to this dispute. The NUJ calls for the BBC to abandon plans for compulsory redundancies.

In the event of a failure to do so M/FoCs instruct our strike committee to name appropriate dates for strike action in discussion with Bectu.

General secretary Jeremy Dear and National Broadcasting Organiser Paul McLaughlin said: “After almost two years of successful negotiations to deliver value for money proposals whilst avoiding compulsory redundancies BBC managers are now pressing ahead with making 8 people compulsorily redundant. This despite the fact there are sufficient volunteers and vacancies to do away with the need for any compulsory redundancies and effectively resolve the outstanding dispute.

“The NUJ will continue to seek a negotiated settlement to this dispute but M/FoCs also voted unanimously for strike action in the event that the BBC refuse to negotiate.

“The BBC have been informed this afternoon of our position. In the coming days we will meet with our colleagues in BECTU to discuss the dispute and name the strike dates.

We will keep you informed both of those discussions and our ongoing attempts to resolve the dispute.

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