BBC strike ballot extended

A strike ballot at the BBC has been extended for a further two weeks to allow fresh negotiations to take place with the corporation over job cuts.

Formal negotiations are to take place between the BBC and the unions from 9 to 23 January in a bid to resolve the dispute over job cuts, pensions and cuts to terms and conditions.

In a statement, the NUJ said it remained “hopeful” of a breakthrough in the dispute, but urged union members to vote yes in the ballot.

The unions balloted for strike action in December after details emerged of the shortfall between proposed post closures and those who have expressed an interest in voluntary redundancy.

Leaders of the NUJ and broadcasting union Bectu balloted their 10,000 members for industrial action on the proposed 2,500 job cuts across the corporation, which were announced by director general Mark Thompson last year.

The NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear said: “We welcome the fact there are new negotiations and will work hard to try to reach an agreement, but we remain prepared to take action should it become necessary.”

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