BBC journalists threaten to strike

Redundancies announced for radio division

LONDON -- Thousands of BBC news reporters and production staff are threatening two days of strike action next month after compulsory redundancies were announced in the BBC's World Service radio division, which broadcasts local-language radio stations across the world.

The BBC's main television, radio and online news operations are thought likely to be disrupted April 3 and April 9, after unions voted in favor of strike action if talks between BBC management and staff cannot be resolved.

"Journalists at the South Asian services have been fighting a heroic struggle against the outsourcing of their jobs ... now they have the weight of thousands of NUJ members at the BBC behind them," said Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists.

Further talks with BBC management are expected in the next few days.
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