Reps from all over the BBC met today to ponder over the result of the ballot for action to stop cuts at the BBC. The vote showed that thousands of journalists at the BBC are prepared to strike to stop management making compulsory redundancies. The NUJ announced that 72% indicated in a secret ballot that they favour strike action and 87% action short of a strike.
The reps gave BBC management seven days to meet NUJ negotiators for talks to resolve the cases of compulsory redundancies and to re-instate one of their colleague who was dismissed in the BBC World Service. The reps dealt again with the issue of executive pay, raised a few days ago by BBC Trust Chair, and re-iterated their union policy that the differential should be no more than five times the median salary.
The strong vote, the result of months of frustration as the BBC management announced wave after wave of redundancies and cuts, threatens to re-ignite another confrontation throughout the summer and beyond.