Joint unions to take strike action at Al Jazeera over pay

30 April 2018

Joint unions to take strike action at Al Jazeera over pay

27 April 2018

Members of the NUJ and Bectu at Al Jazeera are to hold a day’s strike on Wednesday 9 May, followed by an indefinite withdrawal of goodwill over pay.

During the three years of negotiations, including the involvement of the arbitration service ACAS, there has been no movement on a pay deal, while the cost of living has increased.

The unions have given notice to Al Jazeera English management that they will take strike action from 0001 to 2359 on Wednesday 9 May and action short of a strike indefinitely from 0001 Thursday 10 May, this will involve taking statutory and contractual meal breaks in full,  not answering telephone calls, emails and message out of normal working hours and on days off work and the withdrawal of goodwill.
NUJ members voted by 90.3 per cent for industrial action.

An NUJ chapel official said:

“Staff at Al Jazeera English have been very patient – we have had no pay rise for more than four years, and we have been waiting for three years for the management to improve on their original negotiating position of 0 per cent. We feel we have no choice but to take this action and the support for it is very solid, as was shown in our ballot result.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary:

“As we approach World Press Freedom Day, Al Jazeera continues its work around the globe promoting press freedom in the context of human rights and legal standards. Yet here in the UK, the company continues to ignore its obligations to meaningfully negotiate on the collective recognition agreement it has with its own staff. It’s time that Al Jazeera accepted that trade union rights are human rights too. There’s still time for Al Jazeera to sit down with the unions and sort this problem out.”

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