Members of BECTU, NUJ and Unite take action after rejecting 2% pay offer

ITV strikeMembers of three unions at ITV are today on strike over pay.

BECTU, NUJ and Unite members are taking 24 hour’s action after rejecting a 2% pay offer. The strike, which coincides with ITV’s AGM, could affect live programmes, including ITV news bulletins and Good Morning Britain.

The action has already led to the cancellation of scheduled filming for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. It is understood filming on the lunchtime show Loose Women will also be disrupted.

Workers are unhappy because their pay has fallen 4% behind inflation in recent years while chief executive Adam Crozier in 2013 received a bonus of £8.4m.

A BECTU spokesperson said: “The company’s attitude to reward for its senior executives compared with the way it treats staff has opened up a huge gulf. ITV is profitable because of the efforts of its workforce not in spite of them. ITV staff make programmes and run the business day-to-day and yet they are not being rewarded fairly in basic pay.

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“We have to break this destructive pattern where year on year senior executives’ warm words patronise staff but it is only senior management who get the financial reward.”

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “My members are not going to accept this cheap-as-chips pay offer when we know ITV is able to give Adam Crozier, its chief executive, a bonus of £8.4m and it has been on a £1.4bn spending spree on company buy-ups while its staff face hardship because of their paltry pay.

“It is, frankly, an insult to offer 2 per cent to our members who were prepared make sacrifices when times were tough at ITV. Now, with fortunes on the turn and an increase of 6% in advertising revenue last year, why is ITV being so mean?”

*Union members are gathering outside the QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE.


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