Opera workers to strike

Staff at the English National Opera (ENO) have voted to strike over a pay dispute. Members of the broadcasting union Bectu voted 94% in favour of strike action.

Submitted by Steven. on December 28, 2005

The strike ballot was held after a demand for a 5% pay rise was turned down and 2.77% was offered, and is in the context of resignations by both the chairman and artistic director of the ENO due to criticism.

Bectu said it expected technical, managerial and administrative departments to be affected.

"The ballot result indicates the level of dissatisfaction the staff have with the board," said Bectu assistant general secretary Gerry Morrissey.

Strike dates have yet to be announced and it is not yet known how they will hit productions.