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Pictures and reports: BBC strike
The strike at BBC Salford Media City was well supported - over 200 out.
About 15 people joined the picket line in Bristol and reported that their colleagues were coming out of the building in droves. They were supported by other local trade unionists. NUJ members said they hoped the BBC would be unable to put out the local news programme.
In Southampton, workers at the BBC, members of the NUJ and Bectu, joined a lunchtime picket line in support of the national strike against cuts and job losses.
Tony Male, Chair of Southampton Bectu and Joanne Babbage, Southampton NUJ spoke to the Socialist. Tony explained: "Changes taking place at the BBC have meant 1,300 jobs have gone but the same output has been sustained.
"We have asked for a review and moratorium on job cuts for six months. The BBC has agreed to a review but not to halt the redundancies.
"Everyone here is doing more and more. Every job has more roles attached to it. This is just the first of five years of 5% year on year cuts".
"Joanne added: "Having worked here for 12 years I have seen everything being taken away. We have had attacks on pay, then pensions, and on our terms and conditions.
"Everyone here is passionate about our work but you can only take so much before you have to say: no more".
It was noticeable how many young workers had joined the picket line in support of the action. Further action will continue after today with the beginning of a work to rule.