Licence cuts opposition

The 2007 BBC Divisional Conference has agreed to oppose any job cuts resulting from the Licence fee settlement.

Branch delegates from across Corporation at Conference also:

  • Restates their opposition to the proposed BBC Resources sell-off
  • Notes with dismay the continued imprisonment of BBC journalist Alan Johnston
  • Demands the BBC continues its commitment to educational material and increases radio content for children
  • Calls on management to abandon plans to place advertisements on the BBC News International website
The BBC Divisional Conference was held the day after the main BECTU Annual Conference at Bournemouth.

Formal motions on the BBC Conference agenda


All decisions on proposed propositions (motions) considered by the BBC Divisional Conference at Bournemouth on 29 April 2007.

Decisions of Conference are flagged by the use of six descriptions:

  • CARRIED - proposal supported by Conference.
  • LOST - proposal rejected by Conference.
  • REMITTED - proposal handed to BBC Divisional Committee without any decision by Conference.
  • PASSED OVER - proposal not debated or no vote taken.
  • WITHDRAWN - proposal removed by those who submitted the motion and therefore not considered by Conference.
  • INCORPORATED - amendment incorporated into proposal by agreement of movers of proposal.

Proposition 3 (amended): [untitled]

That this BBC Divisional Conference is concerned at the fall out from the value for money exercise and that the reality is hitting home as those left are expected to pick up the workload from those made redundant. Staff are expected to work longer, as they were already working smarter and need to be protected from managers always asking for more.

Furthermore, this Divisional Conference instructs the BECTU members of the NJC to take into account the extra work expected of the staff who have stayed at the BBC (after VFM exercises) when negotiating future terms and conditions with the BBC.

DEC Branch
[Amended by] Central London Engineering & Technology Branch

CARRIED

Proposition 1: Licence fee settlement

That this BBC Divisional Conference remembers Mark Thompson's promise that the VfM cuts (the largest round of cuts in BBC history) would ensure that there would be no need for the constant upheaval, as experienced in the John Birt era.

This conference expects the Director General to honour his word despite his failure to secure a licence fee settlement in line with inflation, resulting in a real terms cut in the level of licence fee income.

It further resolves to oppose any further job cuts, and to fight any compulsory redundancies by any means available, including strike action.

Central London Engineering & Technology Branch

CARRIED

Proposition 2: BBC Resources sell-off

That this BBC Divisional Conference restates its opposition to the proposed BBC Resources sell-off, which is illogical both in public service and business terms, and will implement all appropriate action to oppose such a sell-off.

ESPG

CARRIED

Emergency proposition 1: Computer data

That this BBC Divisional Conference notes with concern the rapid deployment, without consultation, of a new, centralised database that will monitor unilaterally, all aspects of our members’ working lives, including sick leave. Conference instructs the BBC Divisional Committee to request that the BBC delays implementation whilst it seeks reassurances on how this data will be used, and that it meets all the relevant legal obligations of the Data Protection Act, information monitoring legislation and custom practice.

Further, that normal consultation structures and forums are honoured and that existing local agreements as well as custom and practice will not be compromised.

Central London Programmes Branch

REMITTED

Emergency proposition 2: Alan Johnston

The BBC Divisional Conference notes with dismay the continued imprisonment of Alan Johnston. Conference instructs the BBC Divisional Committee to offer every assistance to the NEC in campaigning for the release of Alan Johnston unharmed.

Central London Engineering & Technology Branch
Bush Branch

CARRIED

Emergency proposition 3: BBC Jam

This BBC Divisional Conference notes with dismay the BBC Trust’s decision to suspend BBC Jam due to commercial pressures. We also note the slow decline in prominence given to the Schools’ Radio service.

Conference instructs the BBC Division to lobby the BBC to continue its commitment to educational material on all platforms.

Radio & Music Production Branch

CARRIED

Emergency proposition 4: Advertisements

This BBC Divisional Conference notes that senior BBC managers have defended their recent decision to place advertisements on pages of the BBC News website that are accessed from overseas servers and the consequent risk of seriously undermining the BBC’s reputation as an impartial news provider. Conference instructs the BBC Divisional Committee to call on BBC management to abandon plans to place advertisements on the BBC News International website.

Bush Branch

CARRIED

Emergency proposition 5: [untitled]

In the light of the recent UNICEF report into the quality of life for children where the UK was ranked the lowest in Europe, this division deplores the drastic reduction in the number of hours of live children’s radio.

Therefore this division demands that the BBC acts to increase the amount of content on radio for children.

Radio & Music Production Branch
Central London Programmes Branch

CARRIED
8 May 2007