UK - The three ITV unions have threatened to call a strike following the unveiling of plans to close the television station's final salary scheme to existing members.
The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union (Bectu), National Union of Journalists and Amicus vowed to call a strike ballot if ITV were to go ahead and close its final salary scheme.
The changes announced by ITV management included replacing the final salary scheme with a less generous career average scheme and increasing members’ contributions.
The unions were informed the pension cuts were to be introduced in an effort to reduce ITV’s employer contributions which currently averaged 28%.
Bectu assistant general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: “Our representatives were extremely angry the company had decided to make such savage changes to their pension arrangements at a time when the company’s profits are up.
“We are prepared to enter into meaningful negotiations with ITV, but we will not rubber-stamp its pension proposals and significantly worsen our members’ employment package.”
He concluded the unions would not be afraid of calling a strike if ITV went ahead with the drastic changes.
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