Thomson Reuters faces union action for pay cuts and social media policy

A labour union has referred news agency Thomson Reuters in the US to the independent federal agency

The reduced payments work out at roughly 10 per cent per worker, says the Newspaper Guild of New York, which reported the cutbacks to the NLRB. The Guild has been negotiating with the agency for more than a year.

The news agency's Twitter policy reportedly put restrictions on what employees wrote in their personal accounts on the microblogging site. The news agency said that the posts would damage the reputation of Reuters News or Thomas Reuters.

A statement from the Guild said that a union activist was "reminded" of the policy after responding to a senior manager's call to "join the Twitter conversation on making Reuters the best place to work", with a tweet that said: "One way to make this the best place to work is to deal honestly with Guild members."