BBC redundancy deal with unions
Wednesday 05 October 2011
The BBC today reached agreement over redeployment of staff which unions said would help employees facing redundancy.
The deal was agreed ahead of the BBC's Delivering Quality First announcement tomorrow, which could include hundreds of job losses.
The National Union of Journalists said that as a result of today's agreement, it had called off a dispute over compulsory redundancies which led to strikes in the summer and an on-going work to rule.
In a message to NUJ members at the BBC today, the union said "fundamental changes" had been made to the way the corporation approaches redundancy.
"We believe, if properly adhered to by the BBC, it will mean a functioning redeployment system which matches people's skills into available roles and breaks down the barriers which have prevented this happening previously," said the NUJ.
Helen Ryan, of the broadcasting union Bectu, said: "We welcome the agreement as one which will break down long-standing barriers to redeployment and address the stigma which can attach to staff seeking redeployment.
"It's in everyone's interests that staff don't leave the BBC unnecessarily, causing a loss of skills and experience. The disruption caused by redundancy both in the workplace and at home is huge, so if we can minimise the damage both the BBC and its staff will benefit."
A BBC spokesman said: "The BBC has agreed with the joint unions a number of changes to our redeployment processes to offer more help to staff facing redundancy who wish to be redeployed.
"Whilst we are not able to guarantee there will be no compulsory redundancies, we are pleased that following agreement on these redeployment commitments, the NUJ has agreed to end the current national dispute.
Turkish President: 'Equality between men and women is against nature'
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ferguson decision: Tea Party website mocks Michael Brown's family over T-shirt typo
Michael Brown shooting: Ten things we know – or know better – now the Ferguson grand jury's work is over
Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
- 1 Turkish President: 'Equality between men and women is against nature'
- 2 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
- 5 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel your sales role is l...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Key featuresA highly motivated ...
£28 - 34k: Guru Careers: An ambitious PR Account Manager is needed to join a c...
£35 - 45k: Guru Careers: A Web Content Editor / Web Editor is needed to join a...