By Max Clarke

Journalists at the BBC are to begin their second 24-hour strike again over the unresolved issue of compulsory redundancies. Up to 100 employees from across the BBC’s 23,000 staff may lose their jobs.

"The BBC's current actions spell disaster for quality journalism, the corporation is wasting thousands of pounds making hard working, skilled and experienced journalists redundant,” said the General Secretary of the National Union of Jornalists. “Instead they should be adopting alternative solutions and redeploy those who are threatened. No one should be forced out of work when there are jobs available for journalists to do.”

Throughout negotiations the corporation's management, the NUJ maintain that the BBC has refused to take the necessary steps to avoid compulsory redundancies despite the NUJ offering a range of practical and alternative solutions in an attempt to stop journalists being forced into unemployment.

We are disappointed that the NUJ has gone ahead with today's strike and apologise to our audience for any disruption to services. Industrial action does not alter the fact that the BBC is faced with a number of potential compulsory redundancies following significant cuts to the central Government grants that support the World Service and BBC Monitoring,” read the BBC’s official statement about the strikes.

We will continue with our efforts to reduce the need for compulsory redundancies, however, the number of posts that we are having to close means that unfortunately it is likely to be impossible for us to avoid some compulsory redundancies.


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