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12 April 2012

BBC sites in Cardiff and Bangor could face strike action next month as BECTU and the NUJ join forces to challenge management over their treatment of a senior lay official.

Notice of the planned strike ballots was issued to BBC Wales today (Thursday 12 April) and follows the shock dismissal of BECTU representative Heidi Williams last month.

Ballot papers will be distributed on Friday 20 April with a closing date of Monday 14 May. If the votes are positive, formal notice of intention to strike could be served on the same day leaving the unions free to take action from Tuesday 22 May.

BECTU assistant general secretary, Luke Crawley, explained:

“Management’s treatment of Heidi Williams is an attack on trade union organisation at BBC Wales and one which has absolutely no justification. We thank the NUJ for their support.

“Management must understand that the mistreatment of our representatives is an assault on the membership and we are confident that members will back the call for strike action and, furthermore, take action should senior management fail to resolve the issues surrounding Heidi’s dismissal.”

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Updated Friday 13 April, 2012. 11.15.