Local BBC radio will sound a little different today, as several staff members joined a national strike against proposed cuts to local services.
It’s the second day National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members took to Bulwer Avenue with placards, sweets and signs, to stand in solidarity with their colleagues in Jersey and the UK.
A 48 hour strike has been called by the union and 1,000 members across the UK have taken part in the walk-out. Members are opposing cuts to local services after the BBC said it would ‘drastically reduce’ its localised output.
Pictured: The NUJ shared pictures of the local members during strike action.
The impact of the proposed cuts locally would be that all radio output after 2PM would be shared and there would only be 48 hours of guaranteed local programming.
Local NUJ representative, John Fernandez, said “a lot of people are at risk at the moment and we want to show them that we’re behind them”.
Pictured: BBC staff will be picketing until 11AM this morning (Thursday 8 June).
“The biggest thing we can do is explain what’s happening and why you might hear more shared programming,” saidMr Fernandez.
The NUJ has already negotiated with the BBC and members went on strike in March. This is the union’s second attempt to get the BBC to engage and provide a fair proposal.
When NUJ members were balloted, 83% voted in favour of strike action.
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