JOURNALISTS AT Newsquest Bradford are balloting for strike action after rejecting a 2 percent pay offer. The National Union of Journalists' chapel (workplace branch) has demanded a rise of at least £2,000 per year after the company had a 17 percent increase in profits.
Action last year by NUJ members at Bradford, including the Bradford Telegraph & Argus and weekly titles, sparked a wave of strikes across provincial and national newspapers for the first time in a decade.
In a consultative ballot, 82 percent of GPMU print union members at Bradford also rejected the 2 percent offer.
A CAMPAIGN has been launched by the union to stop the victimisation of the deputy father of the chapel (NUJ rep) at the Rotherham Advertiser. Mark Lindsey was one of the negotiators who helped secure pay rises of up to 12 percent after last summer's strike over low pay.
But a week after the dispute Mark was selected for redundancy. The chapel has already won 100 percent support in a strike ballot to defend Mark and will be meeting this week to decide its next move.
NUJ members at Yorkshire Post Newspapers have won new minimum pay rates which mean rises of up to 30 percent, including newly qualified journalists starting on £18,000.
A ballot of all NUJ members across the Trinity Mirror Group over the pension scandal was expected to be confirmed at a group-wide union meeting later this week.