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BBC staff to stage 24-hour strikes

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

I don’t really understand what the BBC staff hope to acheive by staging these strikes. Is the management expected to turn round and say ‘Oh, alright then, you can all stay after all.’ Clearly, that’s not going to happen. The strikes will cause disruption, and make the discussions between the parties even less amicable. Clearly, if they think all staff are necessary, then a global work-to-rule makes this point rather more effectively. Everybody refusing to work leaves everybody with a sticky situation, but doesn’t move anything forward in this kind of dispute. At least as far as I can see.

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