BECTU, NUJ and Unite say pay offer is “mean” following a sustained period of growth and increasing profitability for ITV
A consultative ballot for industrial action, held by members of BECTU, the NUJ and Unite, runs until 12 noon, Thursday 22 January. The unions, which represent ITV staff at sites across England and Wales, have rejected the company’s 2% which is 0.3% below RPI for October (2014), the month which both parties used for guidance.
The poor pay offer, which the unions described as “mean” follows a sustained period of growth and increasing profitability for ITV. They argue staff deserve more because they have contributed to:
• 8% rise in revenue for the first nine months of 2014, up to £1.8 billion
• company profits up 40% in the first 6 months of 2014 to £250 million
• saving targets for 2014 exceeded
• 20% increase in shareholder earnings every year for three years
• company’s 2013 profits up 30% to £435 million
• 2013 bonus for CEO Adam Crozier of £8.4 million.
The company’s pay offer for 2015 follows an earlier acceptance by its own negotiating team that pay awards during the preceding five years had undercut inflation by 4%.
NUJ national broadcasting officer Sue Harris said: “This offer is not good enough at a time when ITV’s fortunes are so rosy. They seem to be able to give company executives generous increases, then expect the staff to live on the crumbs. Our members are struggling to pay their bills and transport costs on their present wages. That is why we are strongly urging members to reject the offer and agree to be balloted for strike action.”
BECTU assistant general secretary Spencer MacDonald wrote to members: “The trade unions believe that our claim for better pay is reasonable and justified … we strongly urge you to vote and to vote yes to be balloted for industrial action. You have made sacrifices in the past, but this time you have to stay firm and reject ITV’s mean offer.”
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