Journalists at the Financial Times have voted to take industrial action “should it be required” if the newspaper does not close its gender pay gap.
According to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the gender pay gap between men and women in equivalent roles is at least 13 per cent across the UK editorial team, which it says is the widest it has been for ten years. The FT employs more than 600 journalists around the world.
A spokesperson for the FT told i: “We will be reporting on pay in due course, in line with the UK government timetable. From benchmarking we have seen we compare favourably to the industry.” Read more: Over 70 male FT staff members earn over £80,000 compared to just 20 women.
On Wednesday, journalists in the FT NUJ Chapel unanimously passed a statement supporting possible strike action if it is needed to push the closure of the gender pay gap.
It began: “Journalists at the FT Group are increasingly concerned that the gender pay gap at the Financial Times is worsening and that senior managers are not taking this seriously.”
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