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BBC journalists to strike for two days

BBC journalists will stage two one-day strikes on third and ninth April to protest against plans that would allegedly result in redundancies and outsourcing of editorial content of the Hindi, Urdu and Nepali services.

world Updated: Mar 17, 2009 07:14 IST

BBC journalists will stage two one-day strikes on third and ninth April to protest against plans that would allegedly result in redundancies and outsourcing of editorial content of the Hindi, Urdu and Nepali services.

The decision to go on strike was taken at a meeting of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in London on Monday. BBC members of the union voted overwhelmingly in support of the strike.

The NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear, said: "Journalists at the South Asian services have been fighting a heroic struggle against the outsourcing of their jobs. Now they have the weight of thousands of NUJ members at the BBC behind them."

Journalists of the three South Asian language services went on a one-day strike on February 26. Since the strike, BBC journalists said all editorial content of the Hindi service had been outsourced to the BBC's New Delhi bureau.

The reported outsourcing of all editorial content to the Indian sub-continent was done without consultations which was against standard practice.