[Guest post by karenatcmg].
Journalists at Thomson Reuters in the UK have voted 83% in favour of a two-day strike that will begin Thursday February 9. They are protesting a low-ball wage offer and argue the company is holding money back for a discretionary “merit-pay” scheme. The company has offered a 1.75% increase, which journalists say is pricing them out of a job. This is the first time journalists at Thomson Reuters in the UK have voted for a strike in 25 years.
The two-day strike is planned for the release of Thomson Reuters annual financial results. NUJ leaders hope the threatened action leads to a better management offer.
The dispute echoes the tense bargaining at Thomson Reuters in the US last year, which ended with a deal ratified in June.