BBC strike update
NUJ members - and members of four other unions - who are employees of the BBC have voted for strike action on Tuesday 19 October and Wednesday 20 October, with new strike dates called for 25 and 26 October as well. Strike dates originally planned for Tuesday 5 October and Wednesday 6 October have been cancelled pending a consultative ballot.
The strike is about BBC management proposals to replace the existing BBC pension schemes with a much worse one, based on a "fictitious income" that rises by one per cent a year. London Freelance Branch chair Dave Rotchelle said a colleague at the BBC told they "had never seen such anger."Following a huge turn-out in its ballot for industrial action, NUJ members at the BBC voted twenty to one in favour of going on strike.
The industrial action starts at 00.01 on Tuesday and ends at 23.59 on Wednesday. The NUJ website has a BBC strike FAQ with further details. As negotiations are still ongoing, watch the home page of www.nuj.org.uk for updates.
Freelances who find themselves unavailable for work at the BBC on those dates, and who suffer hardship as a consequence, should contact the BBC NUJ chapel. LFB has voted £300 towards the hardship fund to cover freelances financially affected by their unavailability for work during strike action at the BBC over pensions.