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Ballot for strike at Morning Star

Issue No. 2136

Journalists at the Morning Star daily left wing newspaper are balloting for action over pay. This could see the first ever pay strike at the Communist Party-run paper.

Sub-editors and reporters in the NUJ union at the paper are balloting for industrial action after bosses tore up a commitment to try to close the pay gap with other national journalists.

This is despite the paper receiving £500,000 in new investment. The workers are demanding fair pay after years of accepting management’s requests for sacrifice.

“Every year we are told that we are a ‘special case’ – that the Morning Star does not make enough money to bring our wages up to the level of other journalists doing similar work,” said workplace rep Steve Mather.

“But this year, contrary to other papers that are demanding redundancies, closing down offices or trying to cut costs by making reporters do the sub-editors’ work, the Morning Star is proposing to take on new staff in the next few months.

“Management has told us bluntly that not a penny of the new investment is to go towards our wages.”

The ballot result is due in the first week of February.

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Tue 27 Jan 2009, 18:47 GMT
Issue No. 2136
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