Journalists set for strike action

National Union of Journalists members at Thompson Reuters will strike for two days from Monday 9 February after they voted by 83% for action in a dispute over pay.

Bosses have offered a below-inflation increase of 1.75%. NUJ deputy general secretary Barry Fitzpatrick said: “The management is proposing a below-inflation pay deal, while holding back money for a merit scheme. This is just not on.”

Thompson Reuters, whose headquarters are in Canary Wharf in London, has also come under scrutiny for its relationship with cleaning contractor Lancaster, which has been accused of intimidating and hyper-exploitative practices towards its employees.


Essex journalists gear up for action

Journalists in Essex are gearing up for strike action next week.

National Union of Journalist (NUJ) members at Newsquest Essex are in dispute with management over pay.

The NUJ chapel in the south of the county is currently doing work to rule and holding mandatory union meetings, and will strike from Monday to Wednesday next week (13-15 February).

The north Essex chapel will hold a one day strike on 15 February.

Management want to freeze pay until June with no guarantee of a rise then. This follows a below-inflation rise of 2% last year and a pay freeze for two years before this.

Workers' pay review date is being moved until 1 june — a six month delay for south Essex staff. For north Essex workers currently awarded a pay rise in the second half of the year they have to wait until June 2013 to even be considered for a rise under management plans.