NUJ reacts to BBC apology for Carrie Gracie's unequal pay
29 June 2018
The BBC has apologised to news presenter Carrie Gracie, who quit her job as the corporation's China editor in a dispute over equal pay.
The NUJ has welcomed the resolution of the case. The union has been representing over 180 other women in cases, many of which are still ongoing.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"It’s great news that Carrie’s case has finally been properly resolved, addressing the points of principle she has pursued all along. During that time, the spotlight thrust upon pay inequity has led many other women to take up cases of equal pay, not just at the BBC but across the media industry. The NUJ will continue to fight these cases until the scourge that is unequal pay is stamped out."
The BBC and Carrie Gracie have reached an agreement to resolve their differences.
The BBC acknowledges that Carrie was told she would be paid in line with the North America Editor when she took the role of China Editor, and she accepted the role on that understanding. The BBC is committed to the principle of equal pay and acting in accordance with our values. The BBC acknowledges the specific circumstances relating to Carrie’s appointment, apologises for underpaying Carrie, and has now put this right. Carrie is donating the full amount received to a charity of her choice.
Carrie has made, and will continue to make, an important contribution to the BBC. During her tenure as China Editor, Carrie delivered reports, analysis and work, that were as valuable as those of the other International Editors in the same period.
Carrie Gracie says:
"I am glad to have been able to resolve this with the Director-General - it shows that we can make progress. I’m also pleased that my work as China Editor has now been properly recognised by the BBC and relieved that this difficult period is over. For me, this was always about the principle, rather than the money. I’m delighted to donate all the backdated pay from the BBC to help women striving for equality at work."
Tony Hall says:
"I am pleased that we’ve been able to move past our differences and work through things together; we can now look to the future. I’m also glad that Carrie will be contributing to Donalda MacKinnon’s project to make the BBC a great place for women to work. That really matters to me, and I want us to lead the way."
At her request, Carrie will now take up to six months of unpaid leave to write and speak, on both China and gender equality. Neither she nor the BBC wish to comment on this further.