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Financial Times strike to go ahead from 3pm today after talks break down

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

March 13, 2012 | 2 min read

Journalists at the Financial Times are set to strike from 3pm this afternoon, the NUJ has revealed, after talks with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) did not lead to a resolution in the pay dispute.

Last month, journalists at the newspaper voted for strike action if an agreement could not be reached. The NUJ sas it is ‘bitterly disappointed’ that the talks did not lead to a resolution.

The action is likely to include 250 NUJ members, and it has been suggested that further strike action might be taken as well.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said: "FT management have failed to engage in meaningful talks or accept the union's constructive suggestions to resolve the dispute. The union is fully behind our members at the FT taking action on pay and management should seriously consider our alternative proposals that would go some way to address the current unfair offer."

Steve Bird, FoC at the FT Group chapel, said: “The cost of settling this dispute is well within the FT's reach. It is extraordinary that management is prepared to bully the majority of its staff into accepting a deal they have rejected over and over as divisive and derisory. This refusal to negotiate is pushing journalists towards a strike.”

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