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Black day for bosses

Issue No. 1886

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.


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Sat 31 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1886
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