The union representing IT workers working for Siemens at the BBC is meeting today to plan what type of industrial action it will take.
If members, who were balloted last week regarding potential industrial action, vote in favour Bectu wants to maximise the impact of the action. The union could time strikes to disrupt the BBC’s coverage of the general election build-up for example.
Today’s meeting will consider when would be the best time to hold a 24 hour strike and what other stoppages could be held.
A spokesman at Bectu expects that the BBC will be eager to get Siemens’ management to meet with Bectu to prevent disruption. “The BBC will be putting pressure on Siemens to get them around the table,” he told me.