Journalists at the Express and Star newspapers accepted an increased pay offer last week as management caved in just before a series of stoppages were due to begin. The new offer is £1,100 a year extra for every worker. This went up from £900 in the space of a week because of the threat of action. People recognised how far we have come since Richard Desmond bought the papers a year ago.
Recruitment to the NUJ union has doubled, and management have seen that the union has become powerful.
Management want to launch a new Sunday paper for the Star and an extra Sunday colour magazine. The chapel want more jobs created, not more work for the existing workforce.
JOURNALISTS AT the Wakefield Express group have won an improved pay rise after threatening a three-day walkout this week. The NUJ chapel (workplace branch) forced the Johnson Press owned Yorkshire Weekly Newspapers to concede £1,200 for trainee journalists. Seniors will receive enhanced increments to their pay structure.
Johnson Press also owns the Leeds-based Yorkshire Post and Evening Post. They have conceded union calls there for a new pay structure.
National pay meeting for all journalists, called by the Northern Pay Committee and supported by the NUJ, Saturday 6 April, 12 noon-4pm, Leeds Town Hall.