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Strike threat at Al Jazeera English secures inflation-busting pay rise

15 May 2018

After four years without a pay rise, it took the threat of strike action at Al Jazeera English for management to give serious attention to the needs of their staff.

As a result, thanks to the resolve of BECTU and NUJ members, a pay award of 6%, backdated to 1 January 2018, will be implemented for 2018-19 followed by a 3% increase for 2019-20.

BECTU members voted today by a majority of 92% to 8% to accept the pay deal which was the conclusion of substantial talks at ACAS just days before a planned 24-hour strike

Commenting on the breakthrough Gerry Carr, assistant national secretary, said:

“BECTU members voted overwhelmingly to accept an inflation-busting pay offer with some 92% voting in favour.

"This is an historic breakthrough at Al Jazeera for its London based staff and the significance of the agreement must be underlined.

"Whilst the company signed a voluntary recognition agreement with BECTU and the NUJ in April 2014 it refused to engage constructively in collective pay bargaining. That resistance was shattered by the unity of the membership of both unions when they voted strongly in favour of industrial action in April.

"It’s unfortunate that the industrial action route was the only one left open to us but now is the time to move forward together. Our hope is that a new and more positive chapter in industrial relations will result at Al Jazeera English." 

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