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BBC journalists vote for more strike action

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BBC journalists have voted to extend their industrial action as they grapple with a protracted conflict over cuts to local services. 

In a recent re-ballot, National Union of Journalists members approved more strikes by 70 percent and other industrial action by 83 percent.

It surpassed the legal threshold with a 64 percent turnout. 

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This decision marks a continuation of the dispute affecting BBC Local in England.

The service includes local radio, regional TV, and online services. 

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Despite already engaging in three strikes and maintaining a work-to-rule approach, NUJ members remain determined. 

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The BBC needs to sit up and take notice of the strong feeling of BBC staff, along with politicians and community groups across the country.

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“If they thought this dispute was waning, they are sadly mistaken. 

“This is a strong result in an important dispute in support of jobs, but also importantly in support of the BBC’s role in providing a service to all local communities.

“We now have a further mandate for strike action, but of course, we would prefer to reach a negotiated settlement with the BBC and resolve to continue the present talks with management.”

The NUJ says the BBC’s intends will slash local content by almost half.

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