ITV opens 2014 pay talks

Broadcaster ITV has opened its annual pay negotiations, which will carry on into November.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ), alongside unions Bectu and Union, have put in a claim for a pay rise of the retail prices index (RPI) plus 3% for employees in 2014.

The unions are also seeking an increase in the salary cap, which determines which employees benefit from the unions’ negotiated increase. The salary cap is currently set at £60,000.

In 2013, ITV agreed a 2.75% increase for all employees earning the salary cap or below. Increases for staff earning above £60,000 were linked to their performance rating for 2012.

Sue Harris, national broadcasting organiser, said: “This is a claim that takes into account the workforce’s contribution to the company’s success, particularly as chief executive Adam Crozier’s pay and benefits package reached £3.7 million in 2011 and chairman Archie Norman’s pay rose to £720,000.

“We were disappointed and frustrated that ITV did not bring anything to the table. The management has had our claim since August and heard the arguments backing the claim.”

ITV declined to comment.