By a Newsnet reporter
BBC staff are to go on strike on the day of the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, it has been announced.
Journalists and technicians will walk out at midday on July 23rd, the day the games begin, and will not return to their posts until midnight.  A work to rule will start from midnight Thursday 24 July, coupled with an appraisals boycott.

The strike follows a vote by BECTU, NUJ and Unite members over a dispute over pay.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “The decisive turnout and result clearly demonstrates that journalists across the BBC are not prepared to put up with paltry pay deals any longer, while those running the corporation continue to enjoy their lavish salary and perks at the same time as dishing out lectures about the need for staff to ‘get austerity’.”

Stanistreet accused the corporation of awarding “lavish salaries for managers and jobs for their mates,” and called for an executive pay cap of £150,000.

The NUJ official also called for an increase in the licence fee, currently £145.50 for a year, in order she said to allow the BBC to thrive.

She added: “NUJ members want the BBC executive to robustly campaign for a decent licence fee settlement that will secure the future of the public service broadcaster and allow it to thrive. Death by a thousand cuts – with many more hundreds of damaging job losses set to be announced this week – is no future at all for the BBC.”

Stanistreet warned that staff were prepared to take further strike action if the union’s demands were not met.

Echoing the words of the NUJ official was BECTU general secretary Gerry Morrissey, who said: “BBC rank and file staff are appalled at once again finding themselves at the back of the queue when managers sit down to review pay.

He added: “Whilst BBC staff cherish the organisation they work for and have every respect for the licence fee payer, they have the same challenges as everyone else. They have to make ends meet and are entitled to expect that the value of their pay will be at least maintained.”

The shock announcement, which will hit coverage of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games ceremony and may affect coverage of the Games itself, comes at a difficult time for the BBC in Scotland.  The opening ceremony for Glasgow 2014 will take place between 9pm and 11pm on Wednesday, July 23 at Celtic Park and is scheduled to be broadcast by the BBC.

Management at Pacific Quay, BBC Scotland’s HQ, are already under fire over their handling of the independence referendum which has seen hundreds demonstrate outside the Glasgow building.


2014-07-15 16:57

Lets see how quick the pay dispute is resolved now.
Or will London just let their Scottish branch sink, and blame the Independence movement for the disaster about to unfold.??
2014-07-15 17:36

Don’t like the bit about the licence fee going up.
2014-07-15 21:26

Quoting advocat:

Don’t like the bit about the licence fee going up.

You still paying?

2014-07-16 12:40

Quoting Shagpile:

Quoting advocat:

Don’t like the bit about the licence fee going up.

You still paying?


Amazed that there are still folk paying the TV License fee ….


2014-07-15 17:52

So a work to rule, would that include impartiality?
2014-07-15 18:10

So-called BBC “journalists” are nothing more than a bunch of spineless toadies churning out endless anti-independence propaganda for the British State. It’s bad enough that we are forced to pay for their propaganda – now they’ve got the cheek to say we aren’t paying enough!
2014-07-15 18:51

The BBC should be funded by GCHQ for doing its dirty work for it.
2014-07-15 18:53

Sorry but my sympathies are limited as I feel sure once they secure a pay deal they will do their masters bidding and continue to attack the SNP and the independence movement with the same bias.
2014-07-15 20:24

I thought BBC journalists were already on strike and working to rule by not covering YES events and good news stories about Scotland.

They actually work for a living? Who knew?
2014-07-15 20:35

advocat, dinnae pay it 😉
2014-07-15 21:07

Who needs the BBC anyway?

It aint going to go bust, those… er… ‘journos’ can’t strike forever. I have great empathy for those individuals, so don’t get me wrong, but the only damage done will be that of day one and then it’s forgotten.

Kind of highlights the ‘power’ of the press though… read it and weep.
Al Ghaf
2014-07-15 22:27

How fortuitous for the unionists; Scotland’s chance to shine just before the referendum is to appear a shambles. And the BBC get to claim, “it wiznae us that did it”.
2014-07-16 08:16

I didn’t know that the BBC were covering the games. Some time ago they were hinting they were not interested. Must’ve worked out that some other broadcaster would’ve been found. So say your going to cover the games then some usefull plant organises a strike. RESULT.
What d’ya think?
2014-07-16 20:54

9.00_10.00pm Wed 16th

BBC1 Scotland “Sir Chris Hoy How To Win Gold”

every other BBC1 station “Nick and Margaret too Many Imigrants”

So Scotland get’s Loadsa Union Jacks The rest of the UK ponders Immigrantion
2014-07-17 14:17

Coo…BBC staff are going to walk out.

Lets hope they don’t walk back in again.

There are certain standards and principles I stick to when in work and one of them is that I will never lie or dupe someone. Apparently, BBC staff don’t feel the same. I have, therefore, no sympathy with them at all and if you ask me whatever it is they get paid it’s too much anyway.

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