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Guardian told they must consult on pay freeze

16 February 2009

Guardian Media Group has announced its intention to freeze pay for 2009. The NUJ's Head of Publishing has reminded managers at the company they are obliged to enter into negotiations with the union.

The company has stated that the economic downturn means it cannot afford to increase salaries this year. It has also announced that most executive bonuses won't be paid.

It has been reported that management are not open to consultation on the pay freeze, but the union's agreements with the company say that consultation must take place.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ Head of Publishing, said:

"A pay review is due and we have tabled a number of questions to management to clarify the company's position and financial situation. The company has already made commitments to conduct a pay audit and we have a right to be consulted over pay, so we expect formal negotiations to take place.
"We welcome reassurances from management that there are no plans for job cuts – and firmer commitments on this would certainly ease our negotiations – but the company needs to involve its staff representatives in any decisions that are taken."

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