Feeds

BBC Tech strike over outsourcing

Staff not happy...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

BBC Technology staff have voted in favour of taking industrial action to show their opposition to the sell-off their department to Siemens.

Bectu union members voted five to one in favour of industrial action. About a quarter of BBC Technology's 1400 staff are Bectu members. The union wants a delay to the sale, a three-year job guarantee for its members and pay increases of inflation plus 2.5 per cent for the same period. The BBC named Siemens as the single preferred bidder on 7 July.

The union said in a statement: "Apart from the operational and financial risks posed by the sell-off, the savings target that led to the privatisation decision could have been achieved in-house, and the union would have agreed to job cuts if required."

BBC management hopes the sell-off, which needs approval from the governors, will be completed by 1 September. The union is expected to decide this week what action to take. ®

Related stories

BBC faces online shake-up
The BBC, the lost tape and the 6-foot fridge
BBC outsource deal includes staff black list

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.