BBC strike

Bectu says talks 'have failed to deliver concessions sufficient to resolve the disagreement'

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Members of Bectu working at BBC Wales have renewed their planned strike action against compulsory redundancies, with a 24-hour strike walkout scheduled for later this week.

Four editors posts are said to be at risk within BBC Wales. Strike action was originally served on 18 August, but was later withdrawn to enable talks to take place with the broadcaster.

But today the union announced that these "have failed to deliver concessions sufficient to resolve the disagreement" and that action is now planned to take place  
by its members in Cardiff and Bangor from 3am on Friday (30 September).

"In what is now a protracted dispute, talks have continued with management but these have failed to deliver concessions sufficient to resolve the disagreement," the union said in a release.

"An earlier notice of strike action was served but this was withdrawn to allow talks to resume. The union's mandate to take action short of strike was activated on 1 September."

"Our members are disappointed at the lack of progress despite the continued talks,"
Bectu's national official for Wales, David Donovan added in a release.

Strike action is the last resort but we are now preparing for this."

No one was available for comment at BBC Wales at the time of writing.

Update: A BBC Wales spokesman has given the following statement:

"Considering BBC Wales' record of successfully redeploying as many staff as possible, we are disappointed that Bectu has decided to take this action and we apologise to our audience for any disruption to services this may cause.

"We are utterly committed to working with all individuals at risk of redundancy to seek out alternative employment."

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