NUJ accepts ITV pay deal after ‘considerable movement’ from the broadcaster

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has joined media and entertainment trade union Bectu in accepting ITV's pay and conditions offer after lengthy negotiations.

Following the industrial action taken on 14 May at the broadcaster, 97 per cent of NUJ members voted to accept a pay rise of 2.2 per cent for those earning under £60,000, to be implemented in 2016.

Furthermore, strikers agreed on an increase of the redundancy gap from £36,000 to £45,000 as of 1 September on top of keeping bonus levels at £1,500 for 2017.

Sue Harris, national broadcasting organiser at the NUJ, said: "We are pleased that these protracted negotiations are now at an end and that ITV has made considerable movement, particularly on issues such as the redundancy cap and additional leave for long service, all claims which had been stalled by management for several consecutive years.

“In addition the 2.2 per cent pay rise being offered for 2016 is projected, in the current economic climate, to represent an above RPI pay rise. Achieving this and some catch up for past years has been one of the joint union’s key aims.”

Staff who served over five years at ITV were also rewarded an extra two holidays an annum to recognise their “commitment” to the company.