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Strike at Milton Keynes Citizen

Issue No. 2085

Journalists in the NUJ union at the Milton Keynes Citizen newspaper struck from Monday to Wednesday of this week after management refused to recognise their pay claim.

Johnston Press, the major corporation which owns the paper, offered workers a

3 percent pay rise for 2007. But they rejected this offer and are demanding a 3.5 percent rise.

The paper’s 17 journalists are also responsible for a number of other local titles including the Leighton Buzzard Citizen and the Business Citizen.

The Citizen’s three photographers also work for the Leighton Buzzard Observer.

Barry Fitzpatrick, the NUJ organiser, said, “For members to stand up and take such significant action says an awful lot about how strongly they feel.

“Our members are particularly disappointed that the unreasonable approach taken by Johnston Press has forced this action, which will deprive members of the local community of their news reporting.”

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Tue 22 Jan 2008, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2085
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