Britain’s largest union, Unite announced it would be joining the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and broadcasting union BECTU in balloting its members for strike action at ITV over a below inflation pay offer.
The ballot, expected to take place in the New Year, follows a rejection by staff of a 2 per cent pay offer which the broadcaster is seeking to impose as revenues surge by eight per cent to £1.8 billion since the start of the year.
With 2015 forecast to be another year of double-digit growth, staff believe it’s time for ITV to share the rewards of success and act on pay rates that have fallen in real terms by 4 per cent in recent years.
Unite represents electricians working on popular shows such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street at ITV’s studios in Yorkshire and Manchester.
Commenting, Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “ITV’s turnaround in recent years has largely been achieved through job losses and increased workloads for the remaining staff.
“Those who have remained and worked through thick and thin deserve a fair share in the success they have helped to create.
“For too long they have had to stomach real term pay cuts while the top executives award themselves pay rises the size of a lottery win.
“ITV management needs to see sense and start negotiating a fair deal with the unions.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.