BULLYING BOSSES and a low pay offer have prompted journalists at the Emap publishing group in North London to vote for industrial action. Journalists were offered just 3 percent to cover inflation. They had asked for 8 percent.
Union officials and journalists also say that bosses have refused to negotiate properly since the NUJ won recognition in February 2002. An official spokesperson told Socialist Worker, 'Management have been extremely hostile and have refused to negotiate. The dispute is fuelled by this and their bullying attitude towards the union reps and journalists.'
With 100 percent turnout, 70 percent of journalists voted for industrial action short of a strike and 60 percent voted in favour of strike action. The spokesperson added, 'The great thing about this is that it shows the union is still strong. Some people have left since the strike last year but despite that we have sent a strong message to management. It's quite clear that management set out to destroy the union but they have failed. We are very much a force to be reckoned with.'