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Viewers will not be affected by strike, says ITV

A spokesman for ITV has said that viewers will be unaffected by proposed industrial action by production staff on May 14 and that contingency plans are in place to ensure programmes will continue to be broadcast.

Technicians' union Bectu said its members had voted in favour of industrial action by 67% in protest at a 2% pay award.

Bectu general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: "There is a huge disparity between the pay offered to staff and the bonus package to executives as well as shareholder dividends."

But the spokesman for ITV said that pay increases over the last four years are "some way ahead of other media sector pay awards".

We are fully prepared to maintain an open dialogue with union representatives following the ballot result today, which has seen 232 union members voting to strike out of a UK workforce of 3,000 employees. We have contingency plans in place to ensure that our programmes will continue to be broadcast and are confident that viewers will be unaffected by the proposed industrial action on May 14.

We have made an above inflation one year pay increase of 2%, effective from January 1, which is on top of the 11.5% of pay rises over the last four years, some way ahead of other media sector pay awards. We are also the only UK broadcaster to pay the living wage. Eligible colleagues also received the maximum £1,200 bonus in their pay packets in March and we have increased the 2015 bonus opportunity to its maximum £1,500 which would be paid next year.

ITV continues to make good progress but our focus on costs remains incredibly important across the business as we balance the need to continue to invest in growing the business, our people and the programmes that we create and broadcast.

– ITV spokesman

ITV staff to strike over pay

ITV staff are walking out over pay Credit: PA

ITV production workers and other staff are to strike on May 14 in a dispute over pay, the Bectu union has announced.

The technicians' union Bectu said its members had voted in favour of industrial action by 67% in protest at a 2% pay award.

Unions have been pressing for a bigger wage increase in view of the TV company's profits.

"There is a huge disparity between the pay offered to staff and the bonus package to executives as well as shareholder dividends," said Bectu general secretary Gerry Morrissey.

"Our members are helping to make the profits but are not sharing in them."

Bectu said the strike, which will coincide with ITV's annual meeting, will hit live programmes and journalists and other staff are also involved in the dispute.

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