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Pickets outside the Leeds BBC office

Pickets outside the Leeds BBC office

On Monday 18th February, NUJ members in the BBC took strike action against compulsory redundancies which as part of the planned cutting of 2,000 jobs in the corporation. The BBC had agreed to find re-deployment for staff whose posts were ‘surplus’, however, the corporation has been advertising a number of jobs externally that could be offered to those being faced with compulsory redundancy.

Iain Dalton, Leeds North Socialist Party

Such cutbacks are the result of the current 7 year freeze of the BBC license fee imposed by the ‘Minister for Murdoch’, Jeremy Hunt, during his tenure as Culture Secretary. This comes on top of previous cutbacks making 2013 the eight consecutive year of cuts in the BBC.

The picket line in Leeds started at 5am and saw a rota of picketers including from the regional flagship news programme Look North, with reps from PCS and other NUJ members stopping by whilst I visited the picket line.