Unions at the BBC have warned Director General Mark Thompson that they consider the dispute over the corporations proposed job cuts “still on”.
Following strike action by thousands of workers on Tuesday 24 April which crippled the BBC’s services and won widespread public attention and support, the BBC’s management has softened its proposals by suggesting a one year “moratorium” on compulsory redundancies and various other concessions. Unfortunately, as a result, Amicus, BECTU and the NUJ called off their plans for a two-day follow-up strike on Monday Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June.
However, in a joint statement issued on May 31, the unions make calls for a new meeting with management and make it clear that the new proposals are not acceptable. Further industrial action against the BBC management’s bureaucratic and philistine cost-cutting plans now looks more likely, but will need a new ballot.