04/02/2013 15:29 GMT

BBC Journalists To Strike Over Job Losses

BBC journalists are to go on strike and launch a corporation-wide work to rule in an escalating row over compulsory redundancies, their union announced on Monday.

The National Union of Journalists said a date for the strike will be announced soon, while a work to rule which has been taking place in Scotland will be extended.

The union said the row was over around 30 compulsory redundancies as part of the BBC's Delivering Quality First cuts programme which plans more than 2,000 job losses across the corporation.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "Our members are being forced to escalate action against these compulsory redundancies because of the lack of movement from management to properly use the redeployment system. This lack of engagement is particularly entrenched in BBC Scotland where nine members face losing their job at the end of March.

"Just last week a former NUJ rep, Russell Maddicks, won his case against the BBC for unfair dismissal. The employment tribunal found fault with key elements of the BBC's processes and procedures. Russell lost his job despite there being suitable available redeployment opportunities.

"NUJ members at the BBC are determined to ensure that no one else loses their job because of such pointless bureaucracy and managerial intransigence.

"If the BBC wants to resolve this dispute, they need to engage meaningfully with the NUJ and find opportunities for these talented experienced journalists at risk - rather than waste public money on needless compulsory redundancies."

Sue Harris, the union's BBC organiser, added: "It is madness when we have the BBC on the one hand advertising job vacancies, while on the other it is laying off qualified staff. It is a waste of money and talent."

A BBC spokesperson said: "We're continuing to work closely with our staff and the unions to seek redeployment wherever possible and those talks are ongoing."