BBC Scotland strike averted as three redundancies put on hold

 

The National Union of Journalists has cancelled tomorrow’s planned BBC strike action in Scotland after management agreed to defer compulsory redundancies.

Following an eleventh hour intervention, plans to sack the three NUJ members on 31 March have been put on hold, the union said.

As a result, the planned strike tomorrow and a further strike on Monday, 25 March have been cancelled.

Talks on the future of the three staff have now been extended into April, allowing the possibility of retraining or redeployment of the staff at risk.

A planned protest outside New Broadcasting House in London tomorrow has also been cancelled.

Scottish NUJ and BECTU members will still join the UK-wide 12-hour BBC strike next Thursday

Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish Organiser, praised the move to seek further talks and avoid confrontation.

He said: "This was achieved by the NUJ Scottish chapels standing firm behind their colleagues and some spirited negotiations by their officials. It has been extremely hard work but it will all be worth it if we can get work for these members and enter talks in a constructive manner in how our newsrooms operate in the future.”

 

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