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Mirror journalist claim board 'dishonour' over pay deal

Journalists have accused management of refusing to implement a pay deal agreed by an arbitration boa

Mirror journalists have accused management of being 'dishonourable people' and refusing to stick to a pay agreement.

In May 2010, the British Association of Journalists and Trinity Mirror went to the Central Abritration Committee to agree a pay deal for journalists working on the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People titles.

According to the BAJ, an arbitration panel led by Professor John Goodman suggested an across-the-board pay rise of one per cent, with five per cent for those on minimum salaries.

At a chapel meeting yesterday, where journalists voted to reballot for industrial action over proposals by Trinity Mirror to cut 200 editorial jobs across the Mirror Group Newspapers titles, BAJ also passed a motion to "deplore" MGN's failure to implement the pay award.

The motion stated: "MGN gave an undertaking to Professor Goodman and to Professor Purcell of the Central Arbitration Committee who arranged the arbitration that any award would be binding in honour on the parties.

"The failure of MGN's MD Mark Hollinshead and MGN's HR Director Lesley Sommerville to honour their undertakings and the failure of Sly Bailey, Vijay Vaghela and Paul Vickers as directors of MGN to approve the arbitration award shows them to be dishonourable people.

"This meeting instructs BAJ officials to make a complaint to Professor Goodman and to Professor Purcell about MGN's failure to keep its word and pay the award."

A Trinity Mirror spokesman said that a decision on the pay award would be made "in due course".

Dominic Ponsford is the editor of Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette