Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rampisham transmitter site to close by Christmas

........................Naleen Kumar at Rampisham transmitter site, April 2011

from BECTU Union website 18 August 2011:

Babcock Engineering has announced plans to close the Rampisham transmitter site by Christmas 2011. BECTU members at the Rampisham transmitter site in Dorset run by Babcock Engineering were shocked to learn yesterday (17 August) of plans to close the facility by Christmas with the loss of 19 jobs.
Staff across the UK had been expecting bad news after the decision by BBC World Service in January this year to sharply reduce the number of hours of shortwave broadcasting and to end it altogether by 2014.
Despite this advance warning, yesterday's announcement still came as a shock. The company also plans to close three posts at the Woofferton site in Shropshire with four at Orford Ness in Suffolk also at risk of closure.
An initial meeting between BECTU representatives and management took place yesterday; the consultation period is due to end on 19 September.
Assistant general secretary Luke Crawley said: "The loss of 19 jobs at Rampisham and seven elsewhere in the network will come as a terrible blow to our members. We have already pressed the management to do everything they can to minimise the impact including offering redeployment and retraining where appropriate. Transmission members will note with regret that this announcement will also end seventy years of shortwave broadcasting from Rampisham."
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(Alan Pennington via DXLD list)

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