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29/04/2003

BBC sackings prompt strike vote

An industrial action ballot is underway among BECTU members at BBC World Service.
They are being asked if they will take industrial action in support of two NUJ members who were recently dismissed by World Service without being subjected to the normal disciplinary process.
BECTU's members at Bush House, where World Service is based, immediately called for a consultative ballot, in which nearly 65% of those voting indicated that they wanted to take part in a full strike ballot.
Papers have been now sent to Bush House members this week, along with an explanatory letter from the union emphasising the importance of BBC management following correct procedures in every case. Disagreements about the application of the BBC's disciplinary procedure would normally be referred to a National Level Meeting between senior managers and union officials, but in the case of the Bush House sackings this was refused by management.
BECTU's ballot closes on May 9.
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