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Thomson Reuters staff call off strike threat

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By John Glenday | Reporter

February 9, 2012 | 1 min read

Journalists in the employ of Thomson Reuters have called off threatened strike action after accepting a new pay offer.

A joint statement published by Michael Stott of Reuters News and the NUJ, confirmed that the strike (scheduled to run today and Friday) would not be taking place in light of an “enhanced” pay deal.

This will see staff receive a minimum pay rise of 2.5% with an additional 0.5% available for merit.

Helen Long, NUJ chapel rep at Thomson Reuters said: “It seemed inconsistent to us that, while claiming to be the best-funded news organisation in the world, and the one with the best business model, Thomson Reuters was only prepared to offer one of the lowest pay rises in the industry.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: “We are pleased management have backtracked on the derisory pay offer. The improved offer shows just how valuable it is to have the backing of the NUJ. This deal sets the tone for future negotiations between the chapel and management and I hope the pay deal sends a strong message to other companies in the media industry."

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