Granada makes revised pay offer

Journalists at Granada are considering a revised pay offer that includes an additional 0.25 per cent increase from February plus an extra 125 Granada shares.

The revised offer came two months after NUJ members rejected a 2 per cent salary rise plus a minimum 300 Granada shares and 100 shares in Compass, the company’s demerged catering division. The Granada shares were to be paid in October and the Compass shares after completion of the Granada-Carlton merger or on 1 April.

The pay offer date will be revised to January from October, effectively making the current proposal valid for 15 months rather than 12.

NUJ members met on Monday to consider the offer. A further ballot to decide whether to accept the revised proposal opened this week and will close in January. The union had suspended an earlier ballot for industrial action to make way for the new offer.

NUJ broadcast organiser Paul McLaughlin said: “We are pleased that the threat of action has encouraged Granada to rethink its proposals and table an improved offer for our members.

They will now decide whether or not it meets their aspirations.”

He added that Granada management had revised the procedure agreement for pay settlements to allow more notice for an offer to be considered, in a bid to avoid “pay imposition”.

Journalists will now receive offers “well in advance of the pay offer anniversary.”

By Wale Azeez

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