05 January 2012
BBC to face industrial action over redundancies?
Industrial action could be taken against the BBC by employees under threat of redundancy, it has emerged.
According to the Guardian, five professionals who work on the organisation's leading current affairs show Panorama - which first appeared on screen in November 1953 - were informed they would be losing their jobs before Christmas.
This move forms part of the BBC's decision to cut the number of full-time staff in its television current affairs department by 22 per cent in order to reduce its costs, but journalists have now voted for a ballot over compulsory redundancies.
Some professionals there have voluntarily left their posts but Ian Pollock, chairman of the London branch of the National Union of Journalists, has insisted his body will do all it can to prevent forced job losses.
"We're talking about this very seriously indeed and we don't intend to allow our members to be sacked," he told the news source.
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