As you may be aware union members at the BBC have voted overwhelmingly to strike – and have now named the first strike days. They are 23 May and 31 May/1 June.
Members are striking against crude plans to axe 3780 jobs and privatise important parts of the BBC. We fear the plans will lead to a deterioration of quality and worse working terms and conditions for staff and freelances at the BBC. Among the plans are proposals to slash freelance budgets to meet cuts targets.
In previous strikes at the BBC, freelances have shown tremendous solidarity with their colleagues. They have cancelled shifts, refused to provide work on strike days, made themselves unavailable and found other ways to ensure they are not breaking the strike. They have realised that staff and freelances have a mutual benefit in ensuring a strong union presence.
The anti-union laws mean your union is not allowed to ask you to join the strike. However it is perfectly lawful for you to choose to join the strike – and we sincerely hope you will choose to do so - and help save jobs and protect quality and ensure the BBC treats its staff and freelances with respect. So far the BBC have refused to negotiate with your union on these cuts. With the support of freelances for the strike unions believe they can bring the BBC back to the negotiating table.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the BBC strike please don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7843 3707