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5 November 2010

Why BECTU Is Not On Strike and What Members Should Do Today

There is a strike at the BBC with NUJ members taking action today Friday 5th and tomorrow Saturday 6th November.
BECTU members at the BBC, Studios and Post Production and Worldwide Ltd are not on strike because members have voted by two to one to accept the BBC proposals for now. This means that we are not taking industrial action and you should work normally on these dates but you should not do any work that would normally be undertaken by NUJ members who are on strike.
If, however, as a matter of conscience you decide not to cross a picket line and the BBC attempts to discipline you then you will have the full support of BECTU.
It is worth making the point that the vote by BECTU, UNITE , The Musicians Union and Equity to accept the proposals is subject to us going back to the BBC seeking further improvements if the deficit following the triennial review is less than £1.5 billion. If the BBC refuse to talk then we will be balloting our members for industrial action. The triennial review will be published by June 2011 - nearly six months before anyone needs to make a decision about leaving their current scheme.
We appreciate that these will be difficult times for us all but hope that you appreciate the democratic vote of the BECTU members.