Socialist Worker


by Julia Armstrong
Issue No. 1867

JOURNALISTS WORKING for newspapers in Sheffield have voted for industrial action over pay.

Some 63 members of the Sheffield Newspapers NUJ Chapel (workplace branch) voted by 79.6 percent in favour of action including strikes and 87.8 percent in favour of action short of a strike.

There was a meeting last week to decide what action to take after the vote and conciliation talks hosted by Acas.

The chapel put in a claim for 10 percent on pay and 10 percent on grades introduced after negotiations last year.

Management responded with a final offer of 2.75 percent or £600, plus increases to the grades.

We are delighted with at the ballot result, which shows management how determined we are to fight for decent pay.

The union was derecognised a decade ago and we have seen our pay eroded over that time as most of us have had annual rises imposed that fell below inflation.

This has been our first chance to negotiate over pay since we won back recognition.

Chapel members have been angered by the fact that our owners at Johnston Press Group have just announced pre-tax profits up by 51 percent for the last six months.

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Sat 6 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1867
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