BBC journalists in fresh union row

Dominic Ponsford
The BBC is facing a
fresh industrial row over its decision to supply the Canadia
Broadcasting Corporation with news footage while it deals with its own
industrial problems.
CBC locked out 5,500 workers last week after a dispute with trade unions over casualisation and quality.
The NUJ and BECTU have written to the BBC seeking
an urgent meeting over the BBC allowing CBC to use its material to fill
“huge gaps in their news schedules”.
But according to the NUJ, BBC management has refused to meet them and
said it will continue to allow CBC to use as much BBC material as they
general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “By refusing to talk to us and
refusing to act on our concerns the BBC are simply burying their head
in the sand and doing nothing to protect their reputation.
“As a consequence millions of people in Canada
are left with the perception that the BBC is willing to be used by
management in this dispute. Our members are angry that their work is
being used in this partisan fashion”.
BECTU assistant general secretary Martin Spence
said: “The BBC must make clear its impartiality and address the
perception that it is taking sides in this dispute. The BBC’s
reputation will be badly tarnished if it does not.”

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