Pay row threatens to disrupt 'Paradise'

Industrial action at Belfast's Lyric Theatre could disrupt the world premiere of new production 'Paradise' on June 8.

It is feared that the June 4 preview of the play could also by hit by strike action by Bectu members over a pay dispute.

Members at the theatre voted unanimously in favour of industrial action to unlock pay talks whch have been bogged down since last year.

One of the issues that led to the dispute is staff anger at management for allegedly missing their annual pay rise date twice in a row.

Yearly pay rises have been stretched out at the theatre for up to 18 months, leading to union complaints that members were falling behind the cost of living.

Late last week, union representatives among the Lyric's two dozen Bectu members rejected the offer of an independent review of pay, and named dates for industrial action.

A spokesperson said: "Obviously we wanted to avoid going down the road of strike action, however the theatre has left us with no choice.

"As members of staff we expect to be treated with professional respect - expecting us to be flippant about our futures is nothing short of insulting and unrealistic."

If action goes ahead, Lyric members said they are hoping that other trades unionists in Belfast will show support.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

18 October 2002
NI firefighters balloted over strike action
UPDATE: Firefighters across the UK have voted in favour of holding strike action in the next stage of their dispute over pay. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members voted to begin their industrial action on October 29 - the first firefighter's strike in Britain for 25 years.
21 April 2015
NI Midwives To Strike Over Pay
Midwives in Northern Ireland are preparing to strike in a dispute over pay. Almost 90% of members from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) supported a strike. A total of 89.7% said they are prepared to take part in a strike, while 96.5% said they are prepared to take part in action short of a strike.
28 January 2015
NHS Strike To Go Ahead
A strike by NHS workers in Northern Ireland is to go ahead tomorrow (29 January), despite staff in England calling off their industrial action. It is understood that while a deal was reached regarding pay for staff in England, such an agreement was not implemented for NI. Members from the GMB union will be on strike tomorrow.
27 June 2014
Union Confirms Council Strike Action
The union GMB has confirmed its council and school workers are to go on strike next month. The industrial action was voted in by three to one and has resulted in a one-day strike on 10 July. In a statement, GMB said it is in a dispute over pay. The strike will involve staff in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
20 November 2003
Workers at Shorts receive warning over industrial action
Managers at Shorts in Belfast have warned employees that they will be sent home with no pay if they engage in industrial action.