Union officials said staff had not had a pay rise in four years
Al Jazeera staff in London to strike over pay
Staff at Al Jazeera English’s London office are set to take strike action next month in a dispute over pay.
Trade union officials at the Qatar-owned broadcaster said staff have not received a pay rise in four years.
“Staff at Al Jazeera English have been very patient – we have had no pay rise for more than four years, and we have been waiting for three years for the management to improve on their original negotiating position of 0 per cent,” said a union official.
“We feel we have no choice but to take this action and the support for it is very solid, as was shown in our ballot result.”
Al Jazeera English’s London bureau has around 130 staff who run the station’s broadcasting output between 7pm and 1.30am GST.
The walkout will take place at 12am BST (3am GST) on May 9 and will last 24 hours. Programmes broadcast from the London office are likely to be affected by the industrial action.
Officials from the National Union of Journalists and Bectu said a substantial amount of the office are to take part in the strike including studio technical staff, presenters, reporters, camera operators and producers.
After the 24-hour walkout is finished striking staff will adopt a policy of “work-to-rule”, which will involve not answering phone calls and emails outside of working hours and taking full lunch breaks.
The strike action may be suspended if meaningful negotiations are resumed and union officials feel progress over the pay deal will be reached.