FT journalists vote to strike, if needed, to force fix of pay discrepancies
Financial Times journalists have unanimously backed a union motion calling on management to “put its money where its mouth is” and fix the gender pay gap at the paper, reports Dominic Ponsford of the Press Gazette.
Ponsford writes, “The motion was passed at a well-attended meeting of the FT National Union of Journalists chapel today. It states that journalists support industrial action ‘should it be required’ to tackle the issue.
“NUJ members are concerned that female journalists are paid at least 13 per cent less than men at the title.
“More than 550 journalists are employed by the Financial Times and most are members of the NUJ.
“The agreed statement from the FT NUJ chapel says: ‘Journalists at the FT are increasingly concerned that the gender pay gap at the Financial Times is worsening and that senior managers are not taking this seriously.
“‘Data provided by the managing editor show that the gender gap for most UK FT journalists is nearly 13 per cent, the widest it has been in a decade, and worse than the previous year.'”