I don’t know about you, but I’ve been longing for Easter. I’ve got my favourite Easter egg, some good books to read and my TV guide. It’s time to chill out for a couple of days. Anyone who’s being bullied at work will be desperate for the break too.
So kudos to the NUJ and Bectu for organising a BBC strike last Thursday, followed by a week of working to rule over bullying. Unions deliberately chose the Bank Holiday, affecting various programmes and news bulletins. They are objecting to the Delivering Quality First objective (DQF), which will see 2,000 BBC staff lose their jobs, whilst the rest have to deliver the same level of quality previously maintained with full staffing levels. The unions have made it clear they are aware that DQF is being used to bully and harass staff into taking on unreasonable workloads or face unemployment.
I, for one, will be chomping through my Cadbury Buttons Easter Egg, welcoming disruption to the TV schedules and applauding the fact that people are speaking up.
Happy Easter everyone!