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Game of Thrones security workers blast firm over 'insult' 8p pay rise

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Games of Thrones
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Games of Thrones

By Rebecca Black

Security firm G4S has hit back after workers on the set of drama series Game of Thrones complained about a "measly" pay rise.

Members of the GMB union have claimed they are being paid "poverty wages".

They were recently offered a pay rise of 8p per hour.

The union has also claimed that G4S did not contact it about the pay rise, nor involve them in negotiations.

GMB organiser Michael Mulholland said: "Winter is still here for our members working on Game of Thrones.

"They've seen their pay reduce from 55p above the minimum wage to just 30p above," he said.

"Now they've been offered a measly 8p an hour extra.

"It's an insult.

"Game of Thrones is the highest grossing TV series in the world - which costs £10million per episode to make - and they are paying nothing more than poverty wages.

"If they can afford spend £1 million on a purpose built castle for series eight, they can afforded to give our members a proper pay rise.

"If they think this offer is acceptable - they know nothing."

G4S Secure Solutions UK & Ireland operations director Kevin Scruby defended its pay rate.

"G4S provides a range of security service solutions for its clients across Northern Ireland and employs a number of staff for this purpose," he said.

"We provide competitive rates of pay and other benefits to our employees along with long-term employment and career development opportunities."

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