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BECTU Red Bee members reject pay offer and agree to ballot on industrial action

10 September 2018

BECTU invites Red Bee to take part in further talks over pay

Staff working at Red Bee Media (RBM) have rejected the company’s pay offer and indicated they would be prepared to take part in industrial action.

The company’s major clients include the BBC, ITV and many other UK broadcasters.

RBM started negotiations from the outset stating it would be unable to offer any staff a pay rise because it has continued to make losses.

However, after several meetings with BECTU officials and representatives RBM management offered a pay rise for staff who are paid below the market median rate.

The overall proposal meant that only a third of staff would be in line for a pay rise. After careful consideration BECTU elected representatives recommended members reject the offer.

A consultative ballot ran from 14 August to 5 September and an extremely high number of members took part.

Members were asked if they agreed with the recommendation to reject Red Bee Media’s pay proposal and if they were prepared to be balloted and, if necessary, take industrial action including strike action to support the pay claim. On both questions an overwhelming majority of members indicated their support.

The results were as follows:

93.5% of the membership voted to reject RBM’s proposal and 84.5% voted in favour of being balloted and, if necessary, take industrial action including strike action in support of their claim.

BECTU negotiations officer Tony Norton said:

“The proposal put forward highlighted the stark fact that 33% of Red Bee Media’s staff have been paid under the market median for a considerable length of time.

“While we welcome the company’s efforts to remedy this –the offer they have made does not go far enough. BECTU members cannot be expected to subsidise the company without fair reward.

“That is why we are inviting Red Bee Media to enter into further negotiations with a view to reaching a satisfactory conclusion for both parties.”

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