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JOURNALISTS at Al Jazeera in London have won a 9 per cent pay rise after threatening to strike.
Members of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and entertainment union Bectu at Al Jazeera English voted today to accept an improved offer of a 9 per cent increase over two years.
The pay increase, won after staff voted massively in favour of taking strike action over management’s long-running refusal to negotiate, ends a three-year pay freeze imposed by the company.
The new offer will see journalists’ salaries rise by 6 per cent this year and 3 per cent next year.
In a consultative ballot, 84 per cent of NUJ members voted to accept the two-year pay deal worth more than 9 per cent, ending four years without a rise.
NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “This is an important shift in relations with Al Jazeera and one we hope means that the collective bargaining process will run more smoothly in future.
“Members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay deal on offer and we are pleased to have resolved the dispute.”
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