Journalists to stage 24-hour strike in row over jobs cuts

Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 00:00

BBC journalists will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow in a row over jobs, threatening disruption to radio and TV news programmes.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will walk out from midnight as part of a campaign against compulsory redundancies.

The union said jobs were set to be axed across the corporation, including BBC Scotland, Five Live, the Asian Network and the World Service.

The BBC said it could not speculate on possible disruption to programmes.

Pickets will be outside BBC offices across Britain, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Birmingham.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “NUJ members across the BBC are taking action to defend jobs and quality journalism at the corporation. They are angry and frustrated at the poor decisions being taken at the top of the BBC . . .”

A BBC 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.” – (PA)