Talks between Red Bee Media and media and entertainment union Bectu reopened this week following overwhelming support for strike action.

Union members are involved in two disputes with the company – one concerns a planned reduction in redundancy pay while the other centres on increases in travel costs for staff that work unsociable hours.

In ballot results declared last week, 83 per cent of members voted for strike action over the planned cuts in redundancy pay and 80 per cent backed the call over the increased costs. 

Negotiations were re-opened on Monday 19 April.

National official Suresh Chawla said: “We congratulate our members on the mandate they have given BECTU. The strength of the views expressed on both issues is something which management can no longer dismiss.” 

Red Bee Media provides playout and other key broadcast services for a number of media companies including the BBC, Channel 4 and UKTV.