BBC IT staff vote to strike

BBC IT staff have voted to take industrial action over the sale of the BBC’s technology division.

BBC IT staff have voted to take industrial action over the sale of the BBC’s technology division.

Eighty-four per cent of members at technician’s union Bectu voted on Friday (9 July) to strike over the sale of BBC technology. The results of the vote came one day after Siemens Business Services was announced as the preferred supplier for the £2bn IT outsourcing deal.

Strike action by technical staff could cause serious disruption to the BBC’s programmes broadcast from its television centre in West London and the digital TV service Freeview.

Bectu is concerned that hundreds of IT staff will loose their jobs following the sale of the BBC’s technology division, which is due to go ahead in September. It is also calling on Siemens to give a three-year guarantee of employment terms and conditions for BBC staff transferring to Siemens.

The BBC said it had been notified of the industrial action vote but said it had not given official notice of any strike action. It added that it was in final contract negotiations with Siemens Business Services continued to consult Bectu.

The BBC added that it had has prepared contingency plans to ensure cover for affected areas should strike action take place.

Siemens declined to comment.

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