TV Licensing Strike
October 17, 2011 by staff
Hundreds of members of the Union of Communication Workers (CWU) working in the licensing contract BBC TV sites in Darwen, Lancashire, and left Bristol for 24 hours in protest against a wage offer below inflation, which the union said was a period of two years pay freeze.
Pickets were mounted at both sites, with about 100 members of the participating European Union, while the rest of the staff was out of work.
CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said: “Our TV capita license face a pay cut in real terms from a company that makes millions in profits each year.
“We are asking a simple improvement in its wage offer of 2.6% is almost half the rate of inflation.
“The last thing our members want is the strike, but the employer has left people with no other option.
“They face increasing food costs, energy and transport and works for a company that can afford to reward its employees with fair wages.”
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