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Issue No. 1868

NUJ UNION members on the Sheffield Star have named dates when they could call mandatory chapel (branch) meetings after voting for industrial action in a ballot over pay. The dates are on every day in the week beginning 22 September and the meetings can take place at any time between 7am and 3pm. In the ballot 80 percent voted for a strike.

Sheffield Newspapers made a profit of £8.8 million in 2001, the last year for which figures are available. For the last ten years the company has made an average profit of £14,400 per day! The latest offer is centered on a rise of 2.75 percent or £640-whichever is the greater.

Send donations, payable to NUJ Manchester, to 5th Floor, Arthur House, Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3FH. Send messages of support to Julia Armstrong at

JOHNSTON PRESS managers in north east England have offered cash compensation to journalists forced to work long hours after NUJ members threatened to work to rule. Reporters on the daily Shields Gazette told their bosses that regularly working more than 50 hours a week was making them ill, and that they would be stopping work at 4.30pm from now on, whatever the state of the paper.

The firm said that would be unlawful industrial action. So the journalists joined the union and immediately voted to have a ballot for lawful industrial action! They were joined by colleagues at the Sunderland Echo, who were also at the end of their tether.

Within a day of the Sunderland chapel voting to ballot, union reps were called in and told that the people most affected would get £200 compensation.

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Sat 13 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1868
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