Thomson Reuters journalists to strike for 48 hours
2 February 2012
Journalists at Thomson Reuters have agreed to a 48-hour strike – the first in more than 25 years – after being awarded a below-inflation pay deal.
Mike Roddy and Helen Long, NUJ chapel officers, said:
"We tried very hard to reach a settlement with management bu the company's refusal to improve its below-inflation offer of 1.75 per cent, which follows years of effective pay cuts, has compelled Thomson Reuters journalists to vote overwhelmingly for strike action for the first time in more than 25 years."
Thomson Reuters must shoulder the responsibility for this dispute. The company ignored repeated warnings that members had reached a tipping point, after years of below inflation pay rises, combined with rising costs, that are pricing many members out of their jobs.
"Those with families who cannot afford to live in London are especially feeling the pain as they are forced to commute into the capital on the most expensive train lines in Europe. We hope management will now listen to its journalists and return to the table with a sensible offer to avert a costly strike."
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:
"This strike is about fairness. The management is proposing a below-inflation pay deal, while holding back money for a merit scheme. This is just not on. While our members struggle to make ends meet on their wages, the management should be putting all the money into an across the board pay increase."
The strike action, voted for by 83 per cent of the NUJ members, will commence at 1 minute past midnight on Thursday 9 February and end at midnight on Friday, 10 Feb. This will coincide with the release of Thomson Reuters earnings.
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