Members of Leeds Socialist Party branch visited striking BBC workers at the BBC offices in Leeds in St Peter’s Square, home to staff working on BBC Radio Leeds and Look North.
Michael Johnson, Leeds City Socialist Party
A small but solid and assured group had gathered by 7am and ran a successful picket, planned to run for 48 hours; leaving the offices darkened and deserted throughout the day.
Striking journalists discussed the reasons for the picket, chiefly the changes being made to their pensions, describing them as changing the rules of the game halfway through.
They also mentioned other changes being made to contracts, particularly for newer workers, and cuts in funding for the BBC, that were key to instigating strike action.
BBC Yorkshire political editor Len Tingle was present at the picket line and as well as showing a great desire to discuss the importance of the action with people approaching the picket line, he expressed interest in becoming involved in the general anti-cuts action happening in Leeds.
The National Union of Journalists at the BBC is due to take further strike action on 15 and 16 November.