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BBC Cardiff accused of trade union victimisation

Strikers outside BBC Cardiff in September 2011. BBC Wales faced strike action in September 2011. Another strike could be on the cards soon, this time in response to claims of trade union victimisation.

29 March 2012

Management at BBC Cardiff stand accused of being anti-trade union following the dismissal of a long-standing trade union representative.

Heidi Williams, an award-winning producer, long-standing member of BECTU and experienced local representative was dismissed on 14 March; her appeal against dismissal is scheduled for 27 April. [Date subsequently moved to early May].

Meeting in Cardiff and Bangor today branch members called for a ballot for industrial action at the sites to show their support for Ms Williams and to signal their rejection in the strongest terms of the management's hostility to trade union organisation.

BECTU is also concerned at the impact of Delivering Quality First proposals for Cardiff which affect 120 staff amongst them three other established branch representatives.

Cuts planned for BBC Bangor are also causing disquiet forcing BECTU, also today, to question the BBC's commitment to broadcasting in Wales.

Assistant general secretary Luke Crawley, who attended today's meeting in Cardiff, said:

"BECTU members in Wales are right to be outraged at these attempts to target their branch officers. The dismissal of the Cardiff branch chair, Heidi Williams, exposes the anti-union agenda of the BBC in Cardiff. A packed branch meeting showed its support for Heidi by voting overwhelmingly to be balloted for strike action."

Plans are now underway to organise an early ballot.

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Updated 12 April 2012.

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