JOURNALISTS in Bradford are set to lead the action again in this year's low pay battles. Members of the journalists' NUJ union at Bradford Newsquest led the way last year with the first pay strike for a decade. They have now voted by 87 percent for a series of two-day stoppages, starting this week on 30 and 31 January.
The journalists plan to strike again on 10-11 February and 19-20 February. 'Everyone is up for it,' said a chapel (workplace union branch) rep. The journalists are demanding a pay rise of £2,000 per year each. The company have offered an insulting 2 percent, which is less than inflation. 'Newsquest Bradford makes £23,000 per day. By 9 January it had made enough this year to pay the claim in full,' said a chapel rep.
The Bradford journalists' strike just over a year ago sparked a wave of successful industrial action to beat back low pay in the industry. Picket lines will be mounted outside the company's offices in Bradford, Shipley, Otley, Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.
NUJ members at the Westmorland Gazette in Kendal are set to fix strike days after voting 97 percent for strikes and 100 percent for action short of a strike in their pay battle.
YORKSHIRE NUJ MEMBERS
E-mail Newsquest UK chief executive Paul Davidson by going to www.newsquest.co.uk/your_comments.html or faxing 020 8646 3997.
Send messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send cheques and postal orders to Newsquest Bradford NUJ chapel, at NUJ, 22 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JQ.
Ask for a speaker for your union meeting-e-mail the above address.