News 24 staff end dispute after winning acting-up pay

Caitlin Pike
A three-month industrial
dispute at BBC News 24 has ended after it was agreed that journalists
working at the channel should receive acting-up pay which brings them
in line with other BBC news colleagues.
Staff have had to take on further
responsibilities and work at a higher grade without receiving any
payment. In other parts of the BBC news staff receive extra pay for
each shift they work above their current grade.
The NUJ has been calling for this to be addressed
for two years but managers insisted an agreement had been drawn up when
the channel launched not to allow acting up pay in News 24.
For the
past three months staff at BBC News 24 have been refusing to act up –
working in higher positions for no extra pay – and they have been taking their
statutory meal and other breaks.
NUJ father of the chapel at News 24 Nick Serpell said:
“Members at News 24 are to be congratulated on maintaining their
support in our fight to get acting-up pay. No one likes industrial
action of any kind and it must always be a last resort. In this case
negotiations had been getting us nowhere so we had no alternative but
to take the action we did. I’m delighted, for the sake of my members,
that their action has been successful”.
Management at News 24 have now made proposals which ensure that staff
will be rewarded for acting up. Serpell said that there are a few minor
points to be clarified but that he thought the majority of members
would be voting to accept the new terms.

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