Bectu and the NUJ are in dispute with the BBC over the outsourcing of the work of the Urdu, Hindi, and Nepali services of the world service to India Pakistan and Nepal. The move, which is designed to save money, is a threat to both job security personal safety and job security.
Journalists from the sections involved hold a picket outside the front of of Bush House every Thursday at 12.45 – and they are looking for support. Respect has already been involved with a message of support to the picket from George Galloway who has also raised an Early Day Motion in the Commons on the issue.
It is an important dispute and solidarity needs to be stepped up. Most of the existing staff are being offered a choice between redundancy or lower-paid short-term jobs in unstable and unsafe locations. If unchallenged now these same principles could be applied across the world service.
Turn up if you can on the picket each Thursday, send messages of support, or find out more information at: www.nuj.org.uk