123 SS&P post cuts proposed

S&PP management are proposing to close 123 posts following the move of Children’s and Sport departments to Salford.

S&PP (Studios and Post Production) management are proposing to close the Sport, Children’s and Post Production Services Pillars, with 72 posts ‘in-scope’ for TUPE transfer to the company that wins the contract to provide post production for the BBC at Salford.

The proposals would see post numbers cut from 334 to 211, along with the creation of a number of new positions.

Whilst BBC staff in other departments going to BBC North have, for the most part, been able to consider their options for more than two years, BBC S&PP staff have had to live with the uncertainty, and now have little time to make decisions.

Even now, those ‘in scope’ for a TUPE transfer do not know who their future employer might be.

BECTU is demanding that everyone affected by the loss of the Children’s and Sport work be treated fairly.

Union officials and ESPG representatives met SS&P management on 1 December to discuss the proposals.

The ESPG Committee will consider the proposals at their meeting this Monday morning.

This will be followed by a members drop session on Monday 6 December 2010, 1200-1400 in Room B551, Television Centre.

BECTU has received confirmation from management that:

  • The formal consultation period begins as of 1 December 2010. The BBC policy applies concerning the 6 month minimum period before anyone facing redundancy will have to leave.
  • Management will provide detail about the specific job titles included within the ‘in scope’ for TUPE group.
  • Roles where 50% or more of the time is spent on Children’s or Sport work have been put ‘in-scope’.
  • We will see draft job descriptions for new roles.
  • We will get an updated organisation chart showing the structure and what roles will remain.

BECTU also asked for more information, including how will selection for new roles take place, will there be closed boards and who will be eligible to apply?

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Posted Sunday 5 December 2010 at 1843