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BBC News programmes could be hit by industrial action later this month over plans to cut more than 400 posts, after union members voted to strike over the proposed cuts.
The National Union of Journalists and broadcasting union Bectu said on Monday their BBC members had voted in favour of strike action after management declined to give undertakings that there would be no compulsory redundancies and a freeze on external redundancies.
The unions argue that given the high level of interest in applying for voluntary redundancy – 470 volunteers, according to Bectu – which they put down to low morale within BBC News, the corporation should be able to avoid compulsory departures.
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