NUJ union members at BBC News 24 have won their fight with management over the non-payment of an Extra Responsibility Reward (ERR) for journalists who regularly act-up above their grade.
For eight years News 24 management has insisted that “new ways of working” on the channel make concepts like ERR “outdated”.
Staff began a work to contract over three months ago, led by NUJ members and supported by colleagues in the Bectu union.
Although the action was not official, members solidly refused to act-up without pay, leaving key newsroom roles unfilled. The action fed into the recent national dispute with all News 24 members coming out on strike.
As negotiations take place over BBC director-general Mark Thompson’s cuts, the victory at News 24 should remind both sides what can be achieved by a disciplined and determined union membership.