ITV staff to strike over pay
6 May 2015
Broadcasting unions at ITV have voted to go on strike next Thursday after management failed to budge from an insulting pay offer of 2 per cent.
National Union of Journalists' members at ITV overwhelmingly voted for action, with 80.6 per cent voting yes to industrial action short of a strike and 77.6 per cent voting yes for strike action on a strong turn-out. Members at BECTU and Unite also voted to go on strike.
The 24-hour strike on Thursday 14 May, to coincide with ITV's AGM, could affect live programmes, including ITV news bulletins and Good Morning Britain.
The unions had taken their case to Acas, the arbitration service, but ITV refused to compromise. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"My members are not going to accept this cheap-as-chips pay offer when we know ITV is able to give Adam Crozier, its chief executive, a bonus of £8.4m and it has been on a £1.4bn spending spree on company buy-ups while its staff face hardship because of their paltry pay.
"It is, frankly, an insult to offer 2 per cent to our members who were prepared make sacrifices when times were tough at ITV. Now, with fortunes on the turn and an increase of 6 per cent in advertising revenue last year, why is ITV being so mean?
"Our members have made their message clear. Unless ITV can come back with a better offer, they will be taking strike action next week."