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UK: BBC staff strike as thousands of jobs lost

United Kingdom, London
March 28, 2013 at 13:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: BBC staff strike as thousands of jobs lost

BBC journalists and technical staff in London launched a 12-hour strike Thursday over proposed job cuts, alleged workplace bullying and heavy workloads.

Members of Britain's National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted 61 percent in favour of the strikes while the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) - representing BBC technical staff - voted 56 percent in favour of the walkouts.

Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists explained : "NUJ members and BECTU members across the BBC are on strike today because of the problems that they're facing with compulsory redundancies, endemic bullying across the corporation and unmanageable workloads".

The strike, which began at 12:00 GMT, follows a 24-hour strike by NUJ members in February.

The Corporation is said to be cutting roughly 2,000 jobs over the next five years. Although most jobs will reportedly be cut through voluntarily redundancy some 110 members of staff have already been made compulsorily redundant.

The BBC has apologised for the disruption in its programming and expressed disappointment at the action taken by the unions. The BBC News and BBC World News channels began using pre-recorded broadcasts as soon as the strikes began while the Thursday editions of Newsnight and Radio 4's 'World at 1' and evening programme 'PM' have been cancelled.

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UK: BBC staff strike as thousands of jobs lost

BBC journalists and technical staff in London launched a 12-hour strike Thursday over proposed job cuts, alleged workplace bullying and heavy workloads.

Members of Britain's National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted 61 percent in favour of the strikes while the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) - representing BBC technical staff - voted 56 percent in favour of the walkouts.

Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists explained : "NUJ members and BECTU members across the BBC are on strike today because of the problems that they're facing with compulsory redundancies, endemic bullying across the corporation and unmanageable workloads".

The strike, which began at 12:00 GMT, follows a 24-hour strike by NUJ members in February.

The Corporation is said to be cutting roughly 2,000 jobs over the next five years. Although most jobs will reportedly be cut through voluntarily redundancy some 110 members of staff have already been made compulsorily redundant.

The BBC has apologised for the disruption in its programming and expressed disappointment at the action taken by the unions. The BBC News and BBC World News channels began using pre-recorded broadcasts as soon as the strikes began while the Thursday editions of Newsnight and Radio 4's 'World at 1' and evening programme 'PM' have been cancelled.