Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 01-08-2011
News services at the BBC are currently being disrupted by a second 24-hour strike in less than 20 days.
Organised to protest against compulsory redundancies at the corporation, the industrial action by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) began at 00.01 BST today, Monday.
Affecting both television and radio programmes, as well as the BBC News website, the strike is likely to be felt beyond the initial 24 hours, with journalists already warning that they will be begin an “indefinite” work to rule, according to British newspaper The Guardian.
Similar action on 15 July forced flagship programmes off the air, including BBC1’s Breakfast, BBC2’s Newsnight and BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The 24-hour TV news channel BBC News also saw parts of its programming affected on that occasion.
Addressing staff in an e-mail, Lucy Adams, the BBC's business operations director, said: “Following the cuts in central government grants to the World Service and BBC Monitoring, we have had to close 387 posts, meaning that, regrettably, there are nearly 100 staff who, as a result, are facing compulsory redundancy.”
The NUJ, on the other hand, has accused the BBC that such compulsory redundancies have cost thousands of pounds, which could instead have been better spent by redeploying skilled and experienced people. With 400 jobs lost during the past four years, another 1,000 posts could go if plans to merge BBC News and the World Service operations materialise.