BBC building contractor faces 1 September strike

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BECTU members employed by Interserve will be on strike on 1 September 2014. Picture of New Broadcasting House in London.

27 August 2014

Staff at BBC premises in London and Elstree employed by facilities management contractor Interserve are to take strike action for 24 hours from 1 September.

The dispute, over major cuts to services and staffing, will see BECTU members walk out from 09.00 on Monday 1 September. The action will continue until 09.00 on Tuesday 2 September.

Unite action too

Members of Unite, the union representing engineers in London and Elstree, will also join the action on 1 September and will follow this with a further strike on Wednesday 3 September. 

Last week BECTU members voted overwhelming in support of strike action (80 per cent) and action short of strike (90 per cent). The dispute also challenges the company over their failure to respond to a pay claim in submitted in June. 

Interserve won the contract to run facilities management across the BBC in a recent tender process and started their operations on 1 April 2014. Current plans to reorganise engineering in London threaten job cuts of up to 54 per cent. 

Workforce petition

BBC staff and freelances across the UK are being urged to sign a petition in support of effective facilities management to take account of the impact of how buildings are run on staff efficiency and well being. 

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