Globe tour guides settle pay dispute

A photo from the strike on 18 May

1 October 2015

Tour guides at Shakespeare's Globe have settled their long running pay dispute. This week members at the venue voted overwhelmingly to accept a 3% pay increase.

Of those voting in the consultative ballot - which followed several meetings with management after the suspension of strike action called for 1 June - 78.1% voted to accept the 3% pay offer with 21.9% rejecting it.

The pay increase will be implemented with effect from 1 November. 

Pat Styles, national official, said:

‘I am pleased that the dispute over tour guides' pay has been resolved and I commend BECTU members for their sterling efforts in this dispute.’

Background to the dispute

BECTU tour guides employed by Shakespeare’s Globe suspended strike action called for Monday 1 June.

The decision was reached at a well-attended meeting on Thursday 28 May which saw constructive discussions between general secretary Gerry Morrissey and Globe chief executive Neil Constable.

The proposed action on 1 June would have followed a strike by tour guides on 18 May. Globe tour guides have been campaigning for a pay increase in line with tour guides rates at other venues.

Speaking on 28 May, Pat Styles, national official, said:

“I'm pleased there's been some movement from the Globe in this matter, as this enabled our members to agree to the strike action on Monday being suspended – we look forward to working constructively with management to bring this dispute to an amicable resolution.

"Although the dispute is not yet over, I believe this is a positive first step to resolving our differences and this development will hopefully facilitate a satisfactory outcome for both our tour guide members and the Globe.”

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