Workers at leisure centres, art galleries, community centres and other cultural sites in Glasgow have taken part in two days of strike action over pay and working conditions.
Culture & Sport Glasgow (CSG), which runs the sites, has imposed a pay freeze on all staff, a pay cut of 10% on several hundred workers, and has cut overtime and public holiday rates. Weekly working hours are being reduced from 37 to 35 with a 6% cut in pay. In response, two walkouts have taken place, on the 30th of April and 6th of May, with further action threatened.
The BBC has confirmed plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs in a bid to save $4 billion over the next five years, The Times of London reported Thursday.
Details are being given to staff at briefings across the country, with Director-General Mark Thompson explaining that he wanted to announce the layoffs quickly to avoid plunging the corporation into uncertainty.
500 BBC production staff are likely to strike on the 15th and 23rd of February over job cuts. Mergers of production jobs, likely to cause over 100 job losses according to the union BECTU, have provoked the decision to strike by workers in Bristol, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
"According to Bectu officer Luke Crawley: "Our members are saying that they are prepared to strike because they are not happy with the BBC's proposals.
"The BBC want to introduce the new role of assistant producer which will do radio and web content production and studio management.
Staff at the English National Opera (ENO) have voted to strike over a pay dispute. Members of the broadcasting union Bectu voted 94% in favour of strike action.
The strike ballot was held after a demand for a 5% pay rise was turned down and 2.77% was offered, and is in the context of resignations by both the chairman and artistic director of the ENO due to criticism.
Bectu said it expected technical, managerial and administrative departments to be affected.