ITV staff set for strike ballot after pay talks break down | Media | The Guardian
Company met unions at conciliation service Acas but did not improve on its offer of 2% pay rise for staff earning less than £60,000
Industrial action at ITV could be on the cards after pay talks broke down on Wednesday night.

Unions Betcu, the National Union of Journalists and Unite met ITV at conciliation service Acas in London to try to resolve the dispute after the broadcaster’s staff rejected a 2% pay offer.

Although it is understood there was an acknowledgement that salaries had fallen around 4% behind inflation, there was no movement on the network’s current offer of an increase of 2% for those earning £60,000 or less.

The next step is for the unions to ballot its members over industrial action, but the result does not look favourable for ITV after an indicative vote was taken last month in which over 80% of Bectu and NUJ members and 78% of Unite members agreed they wanted to have a strike ballot.

NUJ national broadcasting organiser Sue Harris said: “It is incredulous they came to the table empty-handed at a time when profits are so high. How genuine are their claims they want to resolve the dispute and do they actually appreciate the strength of feeling of staff?

“Those at the top get significant rewards but what about the ordinary staff that produce and create the product? Are they not prepared to recognise the loyalty of those who sacrificed things when times were bad and helped turn the company around?”

An ITV spokesman said: “We held talks yesterday at Acas where we explored a range of different options. Unfortunately we didn’t reach an agreement, but we are happy to continue to keep lines of communication open.

“We believe that the above inflationoffer we have madeis a fair one, reflecting our current circumstances and is consistent with recent pay awards agreed across the media sector and in UK private sector business. ITV continues to make good progress, but our focus on costs remains incredibly important across the business as we balance the the need to continue to invest in growing the business, people and programming.

“We have made a one-year pay increase of 2% effective from 1 January. For those eligible colleagues earning £60,001 or above – unless covered by a collective agreement – the pay review process will be the same as last year, with any increases based on merit and subject to performance. Eligible colleagues will also receive the maximum £1,200 bonus and had an additional day’s holiday on 2 January.”