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BBC staff in walkout over job cuts

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Staff at the BBC in Leicester joined colleagues across the country yesterday in a mass walkout over the way the company is run.

National Union of Journalist (NUJ) members at Radio Leicester's news department protested over compulsory redundancies, excessive workloads and bullying and harassment within the corporation. The 12-hour strike saw about a dozen BBC workers picketing the Radio Leicester headquarters in St Nicolas Place, in the city centre.

Members of the broadcasting union Bectu, which represents technicians and cameramen, also joined the strike.

Yesterday's action followed a one-day strike by NUJ members at the BBC last month over compulsory redundancies. That action resulted in a range of programmes, including Radio 4's Today programme, being cancelled.

The BBC said it would cut about 2,000 jobs over five years as part of its Delivering Quality First programme.

BBC staff in walkout over job cuts


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