Trinity Mirror pay freeze 'another slap in the face'
19 November 2008
Trinity Mirror's senior management has announced plans to impose a pay freeze across the company.
Journalists were called into briefings today to be told that the 2009 annual pay review is to be cancelled and existing bonus arrangements suspended.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:
"Today's announcement just goes to show how little senior managers at Trinity Mirror value the journalists that have been earning the company massive profits over the last few years.
"This is yet another slap in the face for our Trinity Mirror members and comes at a time when they are being put under greater pressure than ever before.
"Many of our members will be seriously worried about the news. Sly Bailey has said she will forego her bonus next year, but earning a salary of more than £720,000 will probably help her get over the loss.
"It will be for our chapels to decide how they plan to react to these proposals. Our members will be asking why shareholders' dividends were put ahead of maintaining journalists' standards of living. It's one thing to make proposals like this which include commitments to stop redundancies, it's quite another to impose a freeze whilst slashing jobs from the business. That's a massive insult to Trinity Mirror journalists.
"The announcement also just goes to expose the sham of local consultation behind which the company hides whenever we try to open talks on a national basis. The imposition of a pay freeze across the group knocks down the myth of local managers having authority and autonomy to negotiate their own deals."