Around 30 members of Unite and BECTU picketed the ITV offices off Kirkstall Road today as part of their dispute over a below inflation pay offer from the company at a time when ITV’s profits have soared.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Pay has fallen in recent years by 4% whilst ITV’s profits soared 23% to £712m. ITV then had the temerity to offer a measley 1.25% pay rise, later upped to 2%, which was below the RPI inflation figure of 2.4% when negotiations took place. To make matters worse, ITV had previously said during 2013/14 pay negotiations that 2.75% would be affordable in 2015.
At the picket line I met grips, prop assistants, camera operators and others angry about this insulting offer. The strike’s impact has been such that Emmerdale, which is filmed at the studios there, had its shooting cancelled for the day.
Although the union’s will be open to negotiations, several strikers were convinced that they’ll have to come out again to force ITV to give them the decent pay rise they deserve, and had a mood of determination to do just that if necessary.