By Max Clarke

Thousands of BBC journalists will go on strike in protest of compulsory redundancies.

72% of BBC members of the National Union of Journalists voted in favour of two days of strikes in response to job losses as the multi-billion pound corporation continuously vies to cut costs.

“Once again NUJ members at the BBC have shown they will not accept compulsory redundancies,” said NUJ general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet.

"If the BBC wants to provoke a strike over such small numbers it would be shameful. We call on the BBC to get round the table with us and sort it out."

Members of the journalist’s union and BBC representatives today passed the motion opting for industrial action, an extract of which is presented below:

We believe that the BBC’s resources should be spent on protecting core journalism and programming for audiences. We welcome the principle, endorsed by the Chairman of the BBC Trust, of linking median and top pay at the BBC and have been campaigning for this for more than two years.

However we do not believe this proposal goes far enough. We therefore re-iterate our policy that the differential should be no more than five times median salary. We agree that executive pay at the BBC is a toxic issue which has seriously damaged the corporation and that pay levels at the top continue to be unacceptable — particularly at a time when NUJ members are threatened with compulsory redundancy.

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