Strike at the Beeb
The National Union of Journalists has issued the following regarding the strike at the BBC today, which includes staff at MediaCity. FC United has a nice history with the NUJ, after club staff refused to speak to the BBC during the strike by workers at the corporation that co-incided with our famous FA Cup win over Rochdale.
BBC journalists have started their work to rule and are striking today, Monday 18 February.
The NUJ is now battling to save jobs at BBC Scotland, Newsbeat, Five Live, at the Big Screens, Asian Network and the World Service which are due to go within months.
In all, the BBC plans to cut 2,000 jobs.
The BBC has already lost more than 7,000 jobs since 2004.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: “NUJ members across the BBC cannot believe why their management is failing to redeploy colleagues at risk – at the very same time as advertising job vacancies.
“It is a monumental waste of talent and experience. Paying needless redundancies is a waste of public money. This action could easily be avoided. This not just about self-interest. BBC journalists care deeply about the quality of programming and the corporation’s duty as a public service broadcaster.
“That is why so many are already working way beyond their contracted hours and are ‘acting up’ without financial reward, and why stress levels across the BBC are at an all-time high.”
Cuts under the BBC’s cost-saving programme Delivering Quality First will mean:
• Investigative journalism and coverage of political conferences will suffer. Already under the scheme 1,400 news posts have been cut.
• More major sports events will be lost to pay TV.
• Local radio cuts will damage the BBC’s reach to local communities.
• In Scotland 100 to 120 jobs could go.
• BBC Wales stands to lose more than 100 jobs in Bangor and Cardiff
What you can do:
- Visit your local picket line to show solidarity.
To find the nearest email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send messages of support.
The NUJ is collecting messages for the strikers and our publicity email: email@example.com
- Tweet your messages of support hashtag – #BBCStrike
- Email the BBC Trust.
Tell the firstname.lastname@example.org that you support the strike – the cuts are putting the quality of BBC journalism at risk.
- Ask your local MP to sign the BBC redundacies early day motion