Massive yes vote for strike at the BBC

Some 83.9 per cent of NUJ members at the BBC have voted in favour
of going on strike in protest at plans to axe thousands of jobs.
More than 400 journalists are expected to go in a wave of redundancies announced by director general Mark Thompson.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “This
result is a reflection of the huge anger at the scale and impact of
Mark Thompson’s cuts. The cuts package is badly thought out, doesn’t
add up, will do irreparable damage to quality and standards and has
been soundly rejected by staff.
“BBC staff have shown that if Mark Thompson and
senior management are not prepared to protect the future of the BBC,
they are. Now is the time for the BBC to stop lecturing staff and start
listening to their concerns”.
Reps from the BBC’s three unions – NUJ, Bectu and
Amicus – will meet tomorrow morning (Thursday 12 May) at the NUJ
Headquarters to plan the industrial action.

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