BBC Scotland to be hit by 24 hour strike

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BBC Scotland will be hit by a 24 hour strike on Monday as a result of planned compulsory redundancies.

Radio and TV news programmes will be hit when members of the NUJ walk out at midnight.

Picket lines will be mounted outside BBC offices across the UK, including Glasgow, London, Cardiff and Birmingham after management refused to scrap plans to axe jobs.

Speaking to STV news, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, 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 – decisions that are leading to journalists being forced out of their jobs and quality journalism and programming compromised.

“Instead of making sure that the redeployment process works properly in all areas of the BBC, managers are prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies and sacrifice the livelihoods of experienced and talented journalists, at the same time as advertising other jobs externally.

“It’s particularly disappointing that the BBC has failed to engage meaningfully in attempts to resolve this dispute – an abdication of responsibility for a public service broadcaster.”

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.

“We are working hard to ensure that we succeed in getting staff redeployed wherever we can and will continue to work with the unions to ensure that their members receive the right redeployment support.

“Our priority is to deliver the scheduled services to viewers and listeners. It is too early to speculate on potential changes to the schedule or which services may be affected.”