JOURNALISTS working at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph have begun balloting for strike action over pay.
Staff at the Express are also planning a strike ballot over pay. A meeting of around 100 journalists at the Telegraph rejected a pay offer of 3 percent two weeks ago.
Telegraph staff won recognition for the NUJ journalists' union last year. They are now claiming an 8 percent pay increase after having seen their pay frozen for two years.
According to NUJ official Barry Fitzpatrick, the Telegraph "imposed a pay freeze despite making nearly £40 million a year". The ballot comes just as Telegraph owner Conrad Black is trying to sell off the titles.
NUJ members at the Telegraph sent a message of support to the NUJ chapel (union branch) at the Express, who also face a battle over pay. Union members at the Express are arranging a ballot, having been offered an increase of just 3 percent.
They are demanding an increase of 4 to 5 percent, as well as a deal over casual workers, increased holidays and sick leave.