The staff at the English language TV channel of al Jazeera has taken a vote and will be going on strike starting in May for protesting at the current conditions and pay. On the 9th of May, the London employees of the media company will be walking out for a period of 24 hours. Employees are going to be spending the rest of the day in picket line. The line will be formed outside the office of the broadcaster in the Shard skyscraper, located near the London Bridge.
The Qatari government is responsible for funding al Jazeera. However, union officials have stated that the company has been unable to honor an agreement for negotiating pay annually. According to one member of the union, the staff members have been very patient with the company. The staff had an agreement with al Jazeera English for 3 years on pay but the company failed to honor that. As such, they have been left with no other choice.
Most of the staff belongs to the National Union of Journalists and Bectu. They have voted to support industrial action in order to force concessions from the management.
The fact is that Al-Jazeera English is actually based in Doha, Qatar. However, they have a staff of around 130 members in London. Their job responsibilities include the production of the output of the news channel from 4pm to 10.30pm. Therefore, these programs will most likely be affected by the decision to go on strike.