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Journalists at Thomson Reuters to strike over pay


By The Drum Team, Editorial

February 2, 2012 | 2 min read

Thomson Reuters Journalists have agreed to a 48-hour strike after being offered a below-inflation pay deal of 1.75%.

The action, planned for next Thursday, would be the first time in more than 25 years that journalists at the company have went on strike.

NUJ chapel officers Mike Roddy and Helen Long said of the two day walkout: "Thomson Reuters must shoulder the responsibility for this dispute. The company ignored repeated warnings that members had reached a tipping point, after years of below inflation pay rises, combined with rising costs, that are pricing many members out of their jobs. Those with families who cannot afford to live in London are especially feeling the pain as they are forced to commute into the capital on the most expensive train lines in Europe. We hope management will now listen to its journalists and return to the table with a sensible offer to avert a costly strike."

NUJ deputy general secretary Barry Fitzpatrick added: “This strike is about fairness. The management is proposing a below-inflation pay deal, while holding back money for a merit scheme. This is just not on. While our members struggle to make ends meet on their wages, the management should be putting all the money into an across the board pay increase."

83% of NUJ members voted for the strike which is due to start at one minute past midnight on 9 February and coincide with the release of Thomson Reuters earnings.


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