BBC BBC strike Lyrics
24 május, 2005 - Published 15:10 GMT
News output on radio, television and online is expected to face the severest disruption today. Union leaders say they believe flagship news programmes on BBC radio and television will not be broadcast, and twenty-four-hour news networks will be badly hit.
The three unions - the National Union of Journalists, BECTU and Amicus - say they expect the walkout to be joined by around eleven-thousand workers - out of a BBC staff of twenty-seven-thousand. They say plans to cut almost four-thousand jobs over three years are savage and will damage the BBC's output.
The BBC says the efficiency savings are vital for it to respond to rapid changes in technology and the money will be reinvested in programme services. It's told the unions the strike will damage its relations with the public.
Torin Douglas, BBC, London
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