BBC Scotland facing work-to-rule disruption

BBC Scotland is facing disruption following a decision by members of the National Union of Union to begin a work-to-rule.

The decision by the NUJ members follows the threat of compulsory redundancies. And the industrial action is due to begin on Friday.

Reports STV: “Members of the NUJ at BBC Scotland agreed unanimously to take industrial action in the form of work to rule at a meeting [yesterday]. The move comes after the ballot for industrial action in December last year.

“[Yesterday] the BBC management were given seven days notice of the action due to take place at their offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh including the Scottish Parliament and Selkirk in the Borders.”

On the NUJ website, general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, is quoted, as saying: “The BBC should withdraw the threat of compulsory redundancies in Scotland and take steps to redeploy staff at risk.

“Journalists will stand in solidarity with colleagues who risk losing their jobs and members have a clear mandate to take action to stop compulsory redundancies.

“It is not right to start the year with the threat of job cuts, compulsory redundancies are avoidable and the NUJ urges management to get round the table to resolve the dispute by providing sufficient redeployment opportunities to the staff affected.”

A BBC Scotland spokesperson is quoted in several media outlets, as saying: “We’re continuing to work closely with our staff and the unions to seek re-deployment wherever possible and those talks are ongoing.”