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Programmes under threat in ITV's 24-hour strike action

By Alan Jones

ITV production workers, journalists and other staff are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay, threatening programmes including Good Morning Britain, presented by Susanna Reid.

Members of the technicians' union Bectu and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted in favour of walkouts by 67% and 77% in protest at a 2% pay award.

The NUJ said the strike, on May 14, could hit live programmes including news bulletins.

Unions have been pressing for a bigger wage increase in view of the TV company's profits.

Bectu general secretary Gerry Morrissey said that staff were "very unhappy" with the pay offer.

"There is a huge disparity between the pay offered to staff and the bonus package to executives as well as shareholder dividends.

"Our members are helping to make the profits but are not sharing in them."

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "My members are not going to accept this cheap-as-chips pay offer when we know ITV is able to give Adam Crozier, its chief executive, a bonus of £8.4m.

"It is, frankly, an insult to offer 2%."

An ITV spokesman said: "We are fully prepared to maintain an open dialogue with union representatives." The dispute will not affect UTV staff.

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