Journalists at ITV end industrial dispute and accept 2.2 per cent pay rise - Press Gazette

Journalists at ITV end industrial dispute and accept 2.2 per cent pay rise

Journalists at ITV have agreed to accept a 2.2 per cent pay rise for those earning less than £60,000.

A deal was announced today and follows a 24-hour strike in May involving around 100 ITV journalists who are members of the National Union of Journalists (mostly involved in regional TV news).

The original pay offer was 2 per cent. Inflation (RPI) is currently running at 0.1 per cent, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Here is the NUJ statement in full outlining the deal:

Members of the NUJ at ITV joined Bectu and Unite colleagues in accepting ITV's latest pay and conditions deal.

The improved offer came after strike action  was taken by members across ITV on 14 May.  Following a ballot, 97 per cent of NUJ ITV members voted to accept the deal:

•             Increase in the redundancy cap from £36,000 to £45,000 as of 1 September 2015.
•             An additional 2 day’s leave per annum for, and recognising the ‘commitment’ of, all staff with over 5 years’ service.
•             Pay rise of 2.2 per cent for 2016 for those earning under £60,000 or in a union graded role.
•             The maximum bonus opportunity for 2016 ( payable in March 2017) will be maintained at the increased level of £1,500.

Sue Harris, national broadcasting organiser, said: "We are pleased that these protracted negotiations are now at an end and that ITV has made considerable movement, particularly on issues such as the redundancy cap and additional leave for long service, all claims which had been stalled by management for several consecutive years. In addition the 2.2 per cent pay rise being offered for 2016 is projected, in the current economic climate, to represent an above RPI pay rise.  Achieving this and some catch up for past years has been one of the joint union’s key aims. "

Author: Dominic Ponsford

Dominic Ponsford is the editor of Press Gazette