News headlines 2005

News headlines in chronological order

January 2005 to December 2005

December 2005

The timetable for the BBC Divisional Conference 2006 has been issued.

November 2005

Talks on BBC plans for more than 3,000 job cuts now look set to continue into the New Year.

October 2005

Plans to axe 10 BBC foreign language services at BBC World Service have been criticised by BECTU.
In a major breakthrough BECTU has been recognised for freelance staff working at BBC Scotland.

September 2005

The BBC has accepted it should have been paying additional holiday pay to some staff since 1998.

August 2005

Unions have condemned the BBC for taking sides in an industrial dispute at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

July 2005

Culture Minister Tessa Jowell has approved the privatisation of BBC Broadcast to Australian bankers.
The BBC pay offer of 3.5% has been accepted by BECTU following a ballot of members.
BECTU has condemned fat-cat bonuses to top executives revealed in the BBC's Annual Report, published today July 12.
BECTU members across the BBC have voted to accept a formula for negotiations on job cuts tabled by the Corporation after a strike.
BECTU, NUJ, and Amicus are advising BBC members to accept this year's pay offer in postal ballots.

June 2005

BECTU has called for urgent talks with government after a shock announcement that the sale of BBC Broadcast has been agreed.
BECTU plans to run a consultative ballot of BBC members on a package tabled at ACAS after the May 23 strike.
Branch delegates from across the BBC have met at the 2005 Divisional Conference.
Unions have called on BBC Director-General Mark Thompson to convene a further meeting with officials on an ACAS peace plan.

May 2005

A planned 48-hour stoppage at the BBC has been called off while unions consult members on a new peace offer.
Government conciliator ACAS has stepped into the BBC industrial dispute by inviting unions and management to talks at their offices.
After a one-day strike hailed at the most successful for many years, the unions are poised for the BBC's response.
Members of BECTU, NUJ, and Amicus have walked out of BBC buildings at the start of a 24-hour stoppage.
An all-staff e-mail from Mark Thompson is the latest volley in a war of words, as BBC strike action approaches.
Unions have issued a rebuttal to e-mails being sent to BBC staff by managers ahead of a 24-hour strike on May 23.
BECTU has created a hardship fund to ease the financial difficulties of members who support strike action, particularly those on low pay.
Union representatives across the BBC are reminding members that their industrial action ballot closes on May 11.
BECTU has issued instructions to BBC members on how to deal with election footage captured by students on 50 a day
At meetings across the UK, BBC members have supported a union decision to launch a strike ballot.

April 2005

Industrial action ballot papers are due to be mailed to BBC union members from April 22 onwards.
BBC Technology members who were outsourced to Siemens last year have voted in favour of this year's increase.
BECTU, NUJ, and Amicus, are poised to begin a vote for industrial action after BBC redundancy talks reached deadlock.
Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, has invited unions to a crisis meeting in a bid to head off a strike ballot.

March 2005

BBC Broadcast and BBC Resources have received a union demand for concrete guarantees to staff if they end up being privatised.
BECTU members in BBC Resources have voted in a ballot to accept a 3.5% pay offer.
BECTU, NUJ, and Amicus plan to ballot BBC members for industrial action if the management press ahead with redundancies.
Another 1626 redundancies have been announced at the BBC, bringing the Director-General's target for job cuts to 3780.
More than 70 would-be buyers have expressed an interest in BBC Broadcast, according to the company's management.
Many BBC employees who escape redundancy in the current round of cuts will have to pick up the work of others who leave.
BBC chief Mark Thompson has used a video cassette message to announce the Corporation's biggest-ever jobs cull.
BECTU has tabled demands for protection of staff in BBC Broadcast Ltd, a wholly-owned BBC subsidiary threatened with privatisation.
BECTU members in the BBC's TV facilities subsidiary are being balloted on a 3.5% pay offer from the company.
Proposals for the BBC Divisional Conference 2005 include objections to planned cuts and privatisation.
Thousands of BBC staff today showed their opposition to cuts planned by Director-General Mark Thompson.

February 2005

Unions are asking BBC staff to show their opposition to plans for cuts and privatisation this week.

January 2005

Five BECTU BBC Branch Officers' training courses have been organised for 2005.
IT staff in the ex-BBC Technology London call centre could be moved to Durham or Bristol by new owners Siemens.
Members working for the BBC's TV facilities subsidiary have been offered an inflation-linked pay rise for 2005.
Concerns about Mark Thompson's cuts and changes at the BBC have been sent directly to the Corporation's Governors.
The BBC's TV playout company could be privatised some time this summer, according to managers at a negotiating meeting with BECTU.
BECTU members affected by the BBC's move out of London have been advised not to complete management questionnaires.
Last updated 10 February 2006