17 January 2011
NUJ members employed in the BBC's Arabic Service will be on strike for 48 hours on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January in opposition to imposed changes to their rotas.
BECTU has no members affected by the proposals but the union gives its full support to the NUJ in its dispute. As it is likely that there will be a picket line outside Egton House, BECTU has issued guidance to its members.
The guidance, issued by supervisory official, Helen Ryan, states:
"Because you have not been balloted in this dispute we cannot ask you to take industrial action and you should work normally and refuse to cover any work that would normally be carried out by an NUJ member taking strike action. If, however, as a matter of conscience, you decide not to cross a picket line and your employer attempts to discipline you then you will have the full support of BECTU."
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