The London Studios, ITV, Southbank
10 January 2018
After an uncertain year for ITV, BECTU has secured a pay increase for the broadcaster's workers effective from 1 January.
Members voted overwhelmingly to accept a pay rise of 2.75%, although ballot turnout was low.
Keith Stokes, chair of BECTU's Independent Broadcasting division and a leading ITV rep said:
"The 2.75% pay rise was accepted by the majority of BECTU members who took part in the ballot. However, the very low turnout is perhaps indicative of a lack of enthusiasm for the deal.
"For yet another year the settlement is below all indices of the rate of annual inflation and although the Joint Union negotiating committee recommended acceptance of the deal, being the best that could be achieved through negotiation, for ordinary ITV staff another year of being worse off looms."
The award comes in the midst of a period of transition for ITV. Alongside discussion of a possible change in the company’s ownership, BECTU members are preparing for the closure of The London Studios ahead of a significant site redevelopment. The company’s Southbank base is due to close in April 2018 for up to six years as the broadcaster remodels its headquarters.
During the closure period, ITV will move Southbank-based staff to one of three sites: daytime programming will move to the BBC's studios at Television Centre, White City, with remaining staff joining colleagues at 200 Gray’s Inn Road or moving to new premises at Waterhouse Square in Holborn.
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Updated 12 January, 16.28, to include a quote from Keith Stokes.