ITV staff vote for action over pay

Staff at ITV sites across the country are to take industrial action over pay after Easter.

In a postal ballot which closed yesterday, March 23, staff in ITV centres in Manchester, Leeds, London, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham voted by a majority of 55% to take action in an effort to improve a pay offer of 3.3%.

Two weeks ago ITV plc announced its first full year results with pre-tax profits of £340 million after a year of large scale cuts and restructuring.

The company exceeded its savings targets by 20 per cent achieving cuts of £120 million. Despite these results their pay offer to staff is now barely in line with inflation following years in which pay increases in ITV have fallen up to 19% behind increases in average earnings and other staff terms have been eroded.

The sites which have voted for action include those producing Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and regional news output; staff at the London Studios and the Southern Transmission Centre are also due to take action.

Details of the days and type of action will be announced after Easter.

24 March 2005