'Coronation Street' stars win pay battle

Published Apr 15 2012, 12:01 BST  |  By

Bill Roache

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Coronation Street stars have reportedly come to an agreement with ITV over their pay.

The cast was facing salary cuts of up to 37.5% after bosses moved the Saturday omnibus from ITV1 to ITV2 in January.

ITV proposed to cut the repeat fee each actor receives since fewer people would watch the show on the digital channel.

The Sunday Mirror reports that cast members, said to include Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) and Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), have now finalised a deal with ITV after it agreed to pay more than initially offered. The move follows fears that some big names would strike or even quit.

An Equity union ­spokesman said: "We've prevented members' incomes falling off the edge of a cliff. That's what would have ­happened if they'd lost 37.5 per cent.

"You never get everything you ask for, but we have got more than they initially wanted to give away."

The deal is expected to last for a year before negotiations restart.

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