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NUJ response to information given to a Holyrood committee by STV CEO Simon Pitts

7 June 2018

John Toner, NUJ Scotland organiser, said:

“Simon Pitts showed no response when a committee member pointed out that he earns 22 times more than some STV journalists. This does concern our members. He provided inaccurate information to the committee on job descriptions and salary information being given to staff.
 
“In the absence of a clear detailed plan from management on how they propose to maintain the quality of STV News output with fewer journalists and craft cameras, NUJ members cannot get on board with the restructuring. Once again we call on STV to take the proposals off the table and to enter into meaningful negotiations with the NUJ.

“We are committed to continuing talks with the company to obtain the information our members require.”

Speaking to the Culture Committee, Simon Pitts said job specifications had been given to staff for a list of jobs: Assistant Editor, Multi-Media Journalist, Assistant Producer, Production Journalist, Multi-Skilled Tech Operator, SNG Engineer and Multi-Media Graphics Co-ordinator. To date, though, only one job description has been provided (for Multi-Media Journalist). No salary information has been given to the staff.

The deadline for voluntary redundancies is tomorrow, and staff do not have sufficient information to make their decisions.

The union is also concerned that the CEO was unable to rule out compulsory redundancies, and a ballot for industrial action is in motion to prepare for such an eventuality.

Mr Pitts said it was not the company’s intention to cut the pay of staff who take up new roles, but the union has had conflicting information on this.

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