ITV pay talks to go to ACAS
5 February 2015
ITV has agreed to take negotiations on this year's pay deal to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, after staff balloted to reject the 2 per cent offer and said they would move to a ballot for strike action.
The unions, the NUJ, Bectu and Unite, have described the deal as "mean" and now have solid backing to move to action. Results of a consultative ballot showed 85 percent of NUJ members, 86 per cent of BECTU members and 78 per cent of Unite members were in favour.
Programmes such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale could be hit, plus live programmes during the run up to the general election.
ITV's management has now accepted the unions' invitation to pursue the negotiations at ACAS and a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March.
Staff are particularly angered by the offer because ITV is enjoying a sustained period of growth and profitability with executives and shareholders cashing in; last year Adam Crozier, chief executive, was given a £8.4 million bonus.
Sue Harris, NUJ national broadcasting organiser, said:
"It is time that ITV broke the deadlock and did the decent thing by recognising the hard work, talent and dedication of their staff. They accepted low pay deals during the lean years, but now want their contribution to be rewarded. These talks are the opportunity for ITV to give the staff their due and increase their offer to redress the fact that earnings have been falling behind for years."