Around 45 trade unionsts, members of BECTU and NUJ, walked out of the BBC office in Leeds today in protest at compulsory redundancies as part of the latest round of BBC cuts, as well as growing reports of bullying management at an increasing number of BBC offices up and down the county.
Iain Dalton, Leeds North Socialist Party
The BBC strikers were in high spirits, chanting ‘Save our BBC, Stop the Cuts’ and held a short rally outside the offices after walking out. Yorkshire NUJ NEC member Adam Christie brought them greetings from the national union and reported on messages of support for their dispute coming from all over the world, as far away as Australia.
Other speakers from NUJ and BECTU were local reps who congratulated those present for taking action and urged people to get more involved with the unions, some strikers commenting later that they’ve been on strike more times in the last few years as a result of the cutbacks than in the twenty years before that. After the rally a group of workers went down to the main road near the building to make sure they were seen by passing traffic to get the message out that BBC staff oppose these cuts and want the support of the public in their battle.