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Unions at ITV vote to move to ballot for strike action over pay

22 January 2015

Staff at ITV have agreed to reject the company's 2 per cent pay offer for 2015 and will move to a ballot for strike action unless it can be improved.

There was an overwhelming vote on high turn-outs from members of the NUJ, Bectu and Unite to move to a strike ballot.The results were:

NUJ
YES/IN FAVOUR:  85%
NO/AGAINST:  15%

BECTU
YES/IN FAVOUR:  86%
NO/AGAINST:  14%

UNITE
YES/IN FAVOUR:  78%
NO/AGAINST:  22%

The unions had argued the offer, which they described as "mean", followed a sustained period of growth and increasing profitability for ITV.  They argued staff deserved more because they have contributed to:
•    8 per cent rise in revenue for the first nine months of 2014, up to £1.8 billion
•    company profits up 40 per cent in the first 6 months of 2014 to £250 million
•    saving targets for 2014 exceeded
•    20 per cent increase in shareholder earnings every year for three years
•    company's 2013 profits up 30 per cent to £435 million
•    2013 bonus for CEO Adam Crozier of £8.4 million.

Sue Harris, NUJ national broadcasting officer, said:

"This resounding yes vote to move to a strike ballot, unless the pay offer is improved, must be taken seriously by the ITV management. All three unions are standing shoulder to shoulder and are prepared to act unless their members get the increase they deserve. We are now prepared to go back to the negotiating table and hope the management will see sense and put a proper, decent offer forward and be as generous as they were with the deal given to ITV executives."

Spencer MacDonald, Bectu assistant general secretary said:

“The ballot result expresses our members' views on ITV's pay offer and highlights two extremes. On the one hand, workers' basic earnings have fallen behind RPI by at least 4 per cent over the past five years alone; on the other, ITV is posting record-breaking profits.

"There is now the opportunity for both parties to resolve the dispute by directly communicating with each other to try to reach an agreement. Our offer of talks remains open. However we will move to a ballot for strike action if the company fails to prioritise this issue."

Tags: , itv, broadcasting, pay, bectu, unite, adam crozier