5 October 2011
A new agreement with the BBC unveiled today (Wednesday 5 October) is set to improve the chances of redeployment for staff facing redundancy.
BECTU has welcomed the agreement, which has been in the making for several months, as a much needed solution to long-standing structural issues which have prevented more staff at risk of redundancy from securing redeployment.
We welcome the agreement as one which will break down longstanding barriers to redeployment and address the stigma which can attach to staff seeking redeployment
The new approach, set out in a 10-point plan, will come into effect tomorrow, 6 October, to coincide with a major BBC announcement, Delivering Quality First.
Headlined Redeployment Commitments the new agreement will introduce central funding for redundancies so that no BBC department is discouraged from redeploying staff.
Staff with long service (and therefore accrued rights not least in terms of redundancy pay) have often believed themselves, regardless of skills and experience, to be less attractive when seeking redeployment.
In addition the new agreement will create a redeployment committee involving senior management/HR representatives from every BBC division to encourage firm cooperation on this issue.
In a further move, vacancies across the corporation of three months or more will be advertised centrally and staff will be encouraged to upload their CVs to a redeployment database to assist with the process of matching staff at risk to vacancies.
More opportunities for 'bumping'
BECTU and its fellow unions also expect the agreement to create more possibilities for 'bumping' to allow staff not at risk of redundancy to volunteer to leave to create opportunities for staff at risk who wish to remain with the BBC.
Helen Ryan, supervisory official in the BBC, who has played a major role in these negotiations, said:
"We welcome the agreement as one which will break down longstanding barriers to redeployment and address the stigma which can attach to staff seeking redeployment.
"It's in everyone's interests that staff don't leave the BBC unnecessarily, causing a loss of skills and experience. The disruption caused by redundancy both in the workplace and at home is huge, so if we can minimise the damage both the BBC and its staff will benefit." Helen Ryan concluded.