LONDON Feb 11 Journalists at the British
Broadcasting Corporation are planning to go on a one-day
nationwide strike next week over job cuts, the National Union of
Journalists (NUJ) said on Monday.
NUJ members at the BBC will walk out on Feb. 18 and stage a
work-to-rule from Friday, unless the broadcaster stops
compulsory redundancies and redeploys those at risk elsewhere in
the corporation, the union said in a statement.
The redundancies form part of a five-year programme to cut
2,000 jobs at the publicly funded broadcaster.
"The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless
redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for
those at risk," NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said
in a statement.
The BBC said it was disappointed by the strike action and
had scheduled a meeting with the NUJ later this week to try to
reach a solution.
"We are working hard to ensure that we succeed in getting
staff redeployed wherever we can and will continue to work with
the unions to ensure that their members receive the right
redeployment support," a BBC spokesman said.
As well as broadcasting in Britain, the BBC World Service
reaches about 180 million people in 32 languages through its
radio, TV and online services.
(Reporting by Alice Baghdjian)