Joint unions agree 9 per cent pay deal at Al Jazeera English
16 May 2018
Staff at Al Jazeera English have voted to accept a two-year pay deal worth more than 9 per cent, ending four years without a rise.
In consultative ballots, 84 per cent of NUJ members voted to accept the offer, as did 92 per cent of Bectu members.
The deal, brokered by the arbitration service ACAS, followed a vote by NUJ and Bectu members for a one-day strike, followed by an indefinite withdrawal of goodwill. The unions received huge support for their action internationally. The action was suspended when the company’s management returned to talks.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, welcomed the settlement:
“This is an important shift in relations with Al Jazeera and one we hope means that the collective bargaining process will run more smoothly in future. Members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay deal on offer, and we are pleased to have resolved the dispute.”
The NUJ chapel said:
"This deal shows what can be done when employees get organised. Four years after we won union recognition, NUJ and Bectu members standing together have finally convinced management at Al Jazeera English that we will not continue to allow a pay freeze to erode our standard of living. The hardworking staff at AJE thoroughly deserve this rise, which was secured by their solidarity and the support of the unions.”