The Guardian and the NUJ strike a two-year 3% pay deal
The Guardian and the NUJ have struck a two-year pay deal which will give journalists a 3 % increase for 2011 and 2012.
NUJ deputy general secretary, Barry Fitzpatrick, said: “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement after what has been, at times, hard and difficult negotiations.
“This agreement, covering 2011-2013, will give us the stability to enable us to continue discussions over a range of other issues at The Guardian.”
The NUJ and Guardian have been in negotiations over changes to members’ roles and titles as the paper has moved towards a new model of journalism, embracing the expansion of web-based and digital coverage, as well as the printed product.
The Guardian is also looking to reduce its editorial headcount in the near future.
Fitzpatrick pointed out: “The roles of journalists are changing as new technology has radically changed the industry and the way our members work. We need to address the rapid pace of change and ensure that journalists’ skills are recognised and remunerated.
“The test is to ensure that the new roles and working practices also ensure high quality journalism. We are aware that The Guardian is looking to make savings and that is why we need to keep on talking.”