Vote brings Red Bee back to table

Talks between Red Bee Media and BECTU are to reopen following overwhelming support for strike action.

BECTU members are involved in two disputes with Red Bee one concerns management's attempts to slash redundancy pay, the other concerns increases in travel costs for staff who work unsociable hours.

In ballot results declared today, 83% of members voted for strike action over the planned cuts in redundancy pay and 80 per cent of members backed the call for strike action over the increase in the costs of late night and early morning transport.

Within a short time of the ballot results, BECTU invited management to resume talks and agreement was reached to reopen negotiations on Monday 19 April 2010.

Commented National Official Suresh Chawla: "We congratulate our members on the mandate they have given BECTU. The strength of the views expressed on both issues is something which management can no longer dismiss.

"We look forward to the talks on Monday and trust they will achieve what we all want, an agreement on the way forward".

Red Bee Media, many of whose staff were previously employed by the BBC, look after playout and other key broadcast services for the BBC, Channel 4, UKTV and several other broadcasters.

15 April 2010