English National Opera staff vote to strike over pay

Members of the broadcasting union Bectu working at the English National Opera have voted to strike for better pay.

In a postal ballot, which closed just after Christmas, union members voted by a majority of 94.6% in favour of industrial action in a bid to improve the 2005 pay offer of a 2.77% increase – dismissed by union representatives as “derisory”.

The action will affect operations in the technical, managerial and administrative departments, the union said.

Tony Norton, Bectu national official, said: “This latest offer on pay is the final insult for a long-suffering, dedicated workforce who deserve far more recognition than they currently receive.”

The chairman of English National Opera, Martin Smith, resigned last month following public criticism of his leadership and the threat of industrial action.

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