NUJ calls for one-day nationwide strike at the BBC

BBC Scotland The industrial action started at BBC Scotland

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The National Union of Journalists has called for a one-day strike at the BBC next Monday as it fights compulsory redundancies.

Members will also begin a 'work to rule' on Friday, as the industrial action initially taken by NUJ members at BBC Scotland goes nationwide.

The union is opposing compulsory redundancies that are due to take effect by the end of March in BBC News, the World Service and English Regions.

Post are also expected to close at BBC Scotland, Asian Network, Newsbeat, Radio 5 live and Big Screens.

The job losses result from Delivering Quality First (DQF) plans to save 20% by 2017.

In Scotland, where nine journalism posts are at risk, the NUJ said six journalism roles were being externally advertised despite redeployment negotiations between the union and BBC management.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: 'The BBC stands prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk.

'This demonstrates the significant failures of some managers to uphold key aspects of the redeployment agreement, let alone the spirit of the deal.'

The industrial action follows a ballot of BBC members of the NUJ at the end of 2012 when 70% of those who voted opted for strike action and 84% for action short of a strike.

Meetings between the BBC and the NUJ are planned for this week and Stanistreet said she hoped a solution would prevent strike action.

The BBC said it was disappointed by the latest development.

A spokesperson said: 'We understand how frustrating and difficult situations involving redundancies can be, but it is disappointing the NUJ have chosen to take this action.

'We are working hard to ensure that we succeed in getting staff redeployed wherever we can and will continue to work with the unions to ensure that their members receive the right redeployment support.'

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