Union accepts BBC job cut plans

92% vote to accept proposals

LONDON — The final obstacle preventing the BBC from cutting some 4,000 jobs has been removed.

Technicians union the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theater Union (Bectu) voted 92% on Monday to accept proposals that include a one-year ban on compulsory job losses and concessions on proposals to sell off more of the BBC’s commercial ventures.

Job cuts come as director-general Mark Thompson attempts to slim down the pubcaster for the digital era.

Staff and management will now work out how to implement voluntary redundancies.

But unions repeated their warning that any compulsory cuts before next July could lead to another strike.

Bectu, manufacturing union Amicus and the National Union of Journalists have accepted the deal hammered out by Blighty’s industrial conciliation service Acas, with Thompson’s tweaks added June 9.

“If we believe that there are too many volunteers being let go, then we will be instructing our members to work to rule,” said Bectu official Luke Crawley. “We do not need to run another industrial action ballot to do that, as the original ballot is only suspended.”

In May BBC staff staged a one-day walkout that disrupted news and current affairs programs.

A further strike was averted following talks at Acas.

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