BBC Olympic torch strike called off


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A planned strike targeting the BBC's coverage of the Olympic torch relay in Wales tomorrow has been called off.

The National Union of Journalists and the technicians' union Bectu said they had reached agreement with the corporation resolving a row over the dismissal of a union rep.

Bectu assistant general secretary Luke Crawley said: "There is no doubt in my mind that this outcome has only been achieved because of the readiness of union members to stand together and show their collective strength in support of a valued colleague.

"The decision to take strike action is never taken lightly but the issue of trade union victimisation is just too important to ignore."

NUJ national organiser Sue Harris said: "We are pleased that this issue has now been resolved and believe it will allow Bectu and the NUJ to begin the task of rebuilding the relationship with BBC Wales."