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Interseve staff could strike at BBC

Interserve staff at the BBC could be set to strike in protest over job losses and pay cuts.

Those employees who are members of the broadcasting union Bectu are set to be balloted, beginning on Friday 11th of August, and continuing until Thursday the 21st of the same month.

The ballot concerns BBC’s London sites, Interserve employs cleaners, security staff, porters, receptionists and building service engineers.

The company took over the facilities management of more than 150 BBC buildings across the country in early 2014, after it won a five-year contract worth more than £150m.

Interserve took on over 1,000 workers who transferred from the BBC’s previous facilities management providers Balfour Beatty, Johnson Controls and Carillion.

An Interserve spokesman said the cuts “should have no impact on operational performance or health and safety”.

“While we will liaise closely with unions to minimise any impact on staff, a number of redundancies cannot be ruled out.

“Wherever possible we will seek to offer opportunities for re-deployment of any affected staff within the wider Interserve group.”

 

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