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BBC Birmingham prepares for DQF strike ballot

Anna Murray Anna Murray, national official, is working with local reps to save production at The Mailbox in Birmingham. Pic: Mark Dimmock

8 December 2011

The BBC's plans to rob Birmingham of its substantial slate of TV and radio production under Delivering Quality First (DQF) are to be challenged by BECTU members in a strike ballot.

Papers will be distributed next Tuesday 13 December and the vote will close at 12 noon on Friday 6 January.

BBC managers stunned staff in the Midlands when it was announced in October that the majority of production would be relocated to Bristol under DQF.

A swift and considered campaign to save production at The Mailbox has secured the support of several MPs, however talks between BECTU officials and management have so far failed to produce the fundamental re-think which staff are demanding.

No meaningful consultation

The formal trade dispute (which forms part of the official ballot notice to management) centres on the BBC's refusal to withdraw dates for the relocation of programmes and to enter into meaningful consultations about the proposed changes and their impact on staff.

Major loss without savings

BECTU members have raised a series of key questions about the BBC's desire to scale back production in Birmingham; if implemented the move would not only decimate a skilled production community and deny future generations the opportunity of work in the sector, but it would add to the BBC's costs when the stated aim is to save money.

Read more about the campaign and the programmes which are at risk

Follow @annamurraybectu @bbc_birmingham @bectu @sharonatbectu for updates.

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