Journalists call off Financial Times strike for further talks

financial_timesToday’s planned strike by journalists at the Financial Times has been called off to allow further talks.

A joint statement from ACAS read: “During talks over the past two days at Acas in London with representatives of the NUJ and the FT, we have worked together to achieve a revised pensions offer.  As a consequence of the revised offer Thursday’s strike has been called off.

“The offer will be put out to a consultative ballot of NUJ members for their consideration with the aim to have a result by Monday 15 February.

“The proposal will:

  • cap the anticipated impact on members of the previous DB scheme at a maximum 15 per cent reduction of projected future pensions.
  • Provide a sum of between 40-55% of salary to those most affected (i.e. the Final Pay section members) as a pension contribution over four or five years.
  • Recognise and reward length of service with additional contributions to those who have been with the FT the longest.

“The proposal also removes the lower age band for DC members with effect from 1 January 2017. This means that FT employees under age 30 will be able to make a 6 per cent contribution which will be double matched by the FT.”


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