06th Feb 2007, by Andrew Barr

Mark Thompson Prepares for Union Assualt

It looks like the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Amicus is about to wade into battle with the BBC over job cuts. The Guardian media section reports that the unions will this week tell
the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, they will not countenance any more job cuts despite the corporation's below-inflation licence fee settlement.

Mark Thomson looking happy
BBC’s Mark Thompson

Last month Tessa Jowell confirmed the BBC would get a series of staggered licence fee rises that will see it increase in total by 3% in the two years from April 2007, by 2% in the next three years and between 0% and 2% in the final year.

This was well below the inflation plus 1.8% deal for which Mr Thompson had been lobbying.
Unions have warned they will not stand for any more job losses on top of the 6,000 currently being pushed through as part of Mr Thompson's "value for money" cost-saving initiative.

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