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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 May 2015
ITV production staff
ITV production staff in the Bectu, NUJ and Unite unions took national strike action over pay on 14 May.
Pay has fallen 4% in recent years while ITV's profits soared 23% to £712 million. ITV offered a measly 1.25% pay rise, later upped to 2%. They previously said during the 2013-14 pay negotiations that 2.75% would be affordable in 2015.
Around 30 Unite and Bectu members picketed the Leeds ITV offices. At the picket line I met grips, prop assistants, camera operators and others angry about this insulting offer. Emmerdale, filmed at the Leeds studios, had its shooting cancelled for the day.
Several strikers were convinced they'll have to come out again to get the decent pay rise they deserve.
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In The Socialist 20 May 2015:
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Cut rents not benefits
Fight back at the Tory war on youth
Stop the "elites fortifying their power"
Build a movement to defeat the government's savagery
Labour leadership contest - appealing to big business
Fight Tories' new 'anti-extremism' law
State and big business spied on activists
Ukip provocateur unmasked
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Support the National Rail walkout over pay and jobs
FBU debates how to combat Tory onslaught
All-out pay strike forces Labour council back to table
ITV production staff
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
US: Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution'
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Election aftermath: anti-Tory austerity protests
Cheapskate council screws up election ballot!
Build up resources to fight the Tories
Management thrashed in academies debate
Campaign news in brief
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Russell Brand's 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
Save our 'life saver' libraries!
Tories rig exams to favour rich students
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