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NUJ members call for strike ballot

National Union of Journalists members at Thomson Reuters in London rejected a pay offer on Wednesday and instructed officials to hold a strike ballot.

The company says the UK pay budget can rise only 2.5 per cent in 2009 because of the tough economic climate. The latest offer is for a one per cent increase across the board with a further 1.5 per cent based on performance.

The offer was rejected unanimously at the NUJ meeting. A further motion to hold a ballot for industrial action was passed by an overwhelming majority.

A strike over job cuts following the April merger of Thomson and Reuters was averted when management promised there would be no compulsory redundancies in the UK editorial operation.

A company spokeswoman told The Guardian that talks over a pay deal were continuing. ■

The Guardian