Threat of strike action looms at BBC Scotland

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BBC Scotland is facing the prospect of strikes over the festive period if plans for compulsory redundancies are not shelved.

In a ballot of Union members, 70% of those taking part backed strike action at BBC Scotland with 84% supporting industrial action short of an all out strike.

According to the NUJ, Scotland is the only part of the BBC where compulsory redundancies are planned.

Following the vote, Paul Holleran, Scottish organiser of the NUJ, said: “This is a powerful result showing the strength of feeling of the people in there about what is happening with redundancies and the management style.

“We are in the middle of intense negotiations with management over redeploying staff and we are looking for the Scottish management to do the right thing here as they have down in England where staff from the Asian Network have been redeployed.”

A handful of BBC Scotland staff are believed to be fighting the decision to make them redundant.  The decision followed an announcement in August by BBC Scotland that 35 jobs would be axed as a result of cutbacks from London.