BBC journalists to strike on first day of Commonwealth Games

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Journalists and other staff for the BBC, the main broadcaster for the Commonwealth Games, will stage a 12-hour strike on the opening day of the games on July 23, reports BBC News

The planned strike is the result of a pay dispute after union members from the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Unite voted in favor of the action. The NUJ says that BBC journalists have seen a 10 percent pay cut in real terms over the last five years and that too much is being spent on managers' salaries and perks.

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NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet described the turnout in the strike ballot as "decisive", adding that the result "clearly demonstrates that journalists across the BBC are not prepared to put up with paltry pay deals any longer".

The Commonwealth Games are an international, multi-sport event that take place every four years. This year's games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, and will run through August 3. 

- Molly Geary

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