Journalists strike against low pay

Submitted by Anon on 21 March, 2003 - 2:05

The NUJ chapel at Newsquest Bradford began a 10-day strike over pay on 14 March.

The company had failed to improve on their 2% pay offer since the NUJ chapel staged a week-long stoppage in February. Trainees are on as little as £12,000 and qualified senior journalists on just £15,000.

Newsquest workers at Kendal, who had four days on strike in February, took another four days from 18 March.
Another Newsquest chapel at Bolton has rejected a 2% pay offer, and began balloting over industrial action on March 11.

In the Midlands, journalists at the Birmingham Post and Mail and Coventry Newspapers struck on 14 March over the decision of parent company Trinity Mirror to close their final salary pension schemes to new members. The NUJ has calculated that new staff are earning 7% less than longer-established workers on the same salary.

Strike threat works in Carlisle
NUJ members at the Carlisle News and Star have won big gains by voting to strike. Days were named for action but Cumbrian Newspapers management came up with new pay offers.

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