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23 December 2010

Members at the National Theatre have today (23 December) accepted a modest increase to their rates which increases the overall pay bill by 1.2 per cent.

After a consultative ballot, in which members voted by a significant majority to accept the offer, staff will receive a 15 pence per hour increase backdated to 1 April 2010.

The impact of the recession, coupled with restraints on the Arts Council, mean that staff employed in the national houses have been under pressure to accept standstill pay.

Pay freezes elsewhere

Branches at both ENO and the RSC have accepted a pay freeze for 2010/11.

Members at the RSC had claimed a 1 per cent increase for 2010/11 but management argued that uncertainties about future funding and the award of a 3 per cent increase in 2009/10 meant it was unwilling to increase costs further.

Members at the ROH are considering a proposal from their management for a pay freeze. Talks on this will resume in the New Year.