Call for BBC to improve lot of night-shift staff

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The BBC fails to provide adequate facilities for journalists
producing radio bulletins through the night, according to the BBC
London NUJ branch.

Jon Holden said: “A colleague of mine actually collapsed on duty recently.

Because
there are no designated places for sleep we just assumed he was
sleeping on the floor – for two hours we were just stepping over him.”

The
ADM backed a motion for better hourly rates for night workers,
guaranteed minimum recovery periods following night shifts, minimum
amenities such as access to hot food and rest areas and the right to a
taxi home.

Holden quipped that the dangers of driving after a
night shift were underlined recently when he reached for an
anti-diarrhoea pill before setting off and accidentally swallowed a
sleeping pill.

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