by Tim Lezard ITV workers are to ballot for strike action over pay after being offered a 2% rise despite the company’s profits rising by 8%. Members of BECTU, NUJ and Unite are angry at being offered the below-inflation rise because advertising revenue …
ITV workers are to ballot for strike action over pay after being offered a 2% rise despite the company’s profits rising by 8%.
Members of BECTU, NUJ and Unite are angry at being offered the below-inflation rise because advertising revenue increased by 6% in the first nine months of 2014 and, in May, chief executive Adam Crozier’s pay nearly tripled to £8.4m.
BECTU assistant general secretary Spencer MacDonald said: “ITV’s turnaround plan continues to succeed but this growth is not matched by an increase in senior management’s respect for their staff. Quite the opposite. ITV’s workforce, up and down the country, has worked to secure the company’s future. It’s time to reward staff properly for their contribution. The company’s current stance isn’t about affordability, rather it’s a cynical approach by senior execs designed to see what they can get away with. Our members can see through that.”
NUJ national broadcasting organiser Sue Harris said: “ITV’s fortunes are on the up and the chief executive and other top brass at the company are able to pay themselves generous increases. But their loyal staff, who have worked through the lean years, are offered a miserly 2 per cent. It is thanks to them working harder, because of staff cuts and accepting poor pay deals, that ITV find itself in such a strong position; they even admit they are ahead in their savings programme.
“The management just doesn’t get it. Our members are struggling to pay their bills and transport costs on their present wages. One said to me, ‘Can you please tell management that reporters are facing genuine hardship. Just running a car to do the company’s work means I’m out of pocket because of the costs involved. This is causing stress and I’m seriously worried how I’m going to meet the bills.’ ITV needs to come back with a better offer. What do they hope to achieve by making such an insulting award?”
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