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BBC journalists on strike today over job cuts

28-03-2013 20:55


BBC Nottingham, London road, Nottingham

Many BBC journalist from the NUJ and technicians from BECTU walked out for a 12 hour strike today.  The action is part of their ongoing campaigns on pay, pensions, continuing job cuts, workload and bullying issues. Output was affected on local and national stations both radio and television, much being replaced by recorded content.



The NUJ said: "BBC journalists and their colleagues have walked out at noon today (Thursday) to begin a 12-hour strike against a damaging cost-cutting scheme imposed by management. The action has severly disrupted the BBC's schedules and will have a knock-on effect on Easter programming.

BBC NUJ members have gone on strike together with technicians and other members of broadcasting union Bectu over compulsory redundancies, excessive workloads and bullying and harassment within the corporation.

The BBC News and BBC World channels both switched to a pre-recorded broadcast at 12:00 when the strike began. Since then both channels have broadcast a mixture of live news bulletins and pre-recorded programmes. A shortened One O'Clock News was broadcast at 1pm while there was no World at One on Radio 4.

The action is a consequence of the BBC's so-called Delivering Quality First (DQF) initiative, a cost-cutting programme which will result in the loss of 2,000 jobs across the corporation. The strike will affect BBC sites UK-wide. All NUJ and Bectu members are also observing a work to rule."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: "The impact of the cuts has meant that members are struggling to be able to get their work done and to maintain quality output. The BBC has a special role as a public sector broadcaster and it is the people who work here – not those who are running the BBC -- who are passionate about doing a good job."

"This should send a strong message to Tony Hall, the incoming director general, that we need to have to put a stop to the cuts so we can sit down and have a proper discussion to address the issues. We cannot have a situation where members are paying for the BBC's cuts with their health.


BBC journalists and colleagues walk out on strike today over job cuts and bullying


National Union of Journalists (NUJ)


Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)


Earlier Piccys:

BBC NUJ Strike Picket 5th Nov 2012


NUJ - BBC - Events in Nottingham



Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham.  UK



Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]


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Far right activists, led by Casuals United and Tony Curtis of the English National Resistance, will be holding a demonstration against a Muslim conference in Nottingham this weekend. They will be protesting outside the East Midlands Conference Centre at 1pm on Saturday 30th March.

In response to our previous article asking why they were coming, they have now seen fit to reveal that they are protesting the invitation of Haitham al-Haddad to speak at the conference. Previously they just told their followers to blindly follow their command to oppose the “hate preachers” and none of them asked questions. Blind obedience seems to be as alive and well in the far right as it was in the days of “just following orders” 1930s Germany.

The decision to oppose al-Haddad is not unreasonable, given that he has reportedly described Jews as “the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs” and believes in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He has said that should a woman refuse to sleep with her husband, “angels will curse” her and has written in favour of the prohibition of musical instruments. That he is speaking at a family event and passing on these bigoted ideas is very disturbing.

But it is the utmost hypocrisy for former EDL members to be protesting this man. After all, Tony Curtis has supported the NWI recently, even though leader, John “Snowy” Shaw also believes in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and extreme anti-Semitic ideas. Why is Curtis protesting a Muslim hate preacher but not the hate preacher in his own midst? We can also point the finger at Jeff Marsh, leader of Casuals United, who set up the the openly Nazi Welsh Defence League. Even the former leader of the EDL’s Jewish Division quit claiming that the organisation had been taken over by Nazis. The EDL has courted Jews when it has seemed politically useful but is now turning back to anti-Semites for support.

It’s also hypocritical for the far right to criticise al-Haddad’s sexist ideas and lack of respect for a woman’s sexual consent. EDL members have been exposed for promoting rape as a weapon against their enemies and local members were exposed by us for their misogynist and sexually predatory posts. Some of these men will be turning up to “oppose” al-Haddad’s views on women at the weekend, but their own are equally disgusting and backwards. Why aren’t Casuals and Curtis booting them out of the ranks? Maybe because they aren’t brown or bearded enough.

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