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27 September 2011

BECTU members working for BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff and Bangor are to mount a 24-hour strike this week in protest at compulsory redundancies. The call also extends to members at other BBC sites including at Abersystwyth, Swansea, Upper Boat, and Wrexham.

The strike will start at 03.00 hours on Friday 30 September and will continue for a 24 hour period ending in the early hours of Saturday 1 October.

The dispute arises because of plans to cut four editors posts; BECTU is convinced that redeployment opportunities can be found.

Earlier strike notice withdrawn

In what is now a protracted dispute, talks have continued with management but these have failed to deliver concessions sufficient to resolve the disagreement.  

An earlier notice of strike action was served but this was withdrawn to allow talks to resume. The union's mandate to take action short of strike was activated on 1 September.

Commenting on the dispute, national official for Wales, David Donovan said:

"Our members are disappointed at the lack of progress despite the continued talks. Strike action is the last resort but we are now preparing for this."  

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Amended, 07.30, 28 September 2011