Journalists' Union Hits BBC With Strike In Pension Row
November 5, 2010 at 4:39 AM (PT)
The BBC has been hit with a 48-hour strike by unions in a dispute with the U.K. national broadcaster over pensions. The NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS called the strike at midnight this morning after rejecting what the BBC called its "final offer."
A statement from the NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS said, "The BBC have proposed ripping up the current pension arrangements and replacing them with a pension scheme that will see staff paying more in contributions and working longer and getting less in retirement. As a result, NUJ members have been left with no choice but to strike to defend their financial futures."
Among the high-profile radio shows canceled by the labor dispute were BBC RADIO 4's "TODAY," most of Talk BBC RADIO 5 LIVE's regular live talk shows; prerecorded programming is being inserted in place of the usual talk programming on RADIO 4 and 5 LIVE. Picket lines have appeared at the networks' facilities nationwide. TV shows were also affected, although the BBC NEWS 24 channel remained on the air.
Another 48-hour strike has been scheduled for NOVEMBER 15-16.