JOURNALISTS AT the Bradford titles of Newsquest-a division of the giant US media firm Gannett-walked out over low pay on Thursday and Friday of last week. The members of the NUJ union are to strike again on 10 and 11 February, and then on 19 and 20 February. The action involves staff at local papers in Bradford, Shipley, Otley, Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.
The journalists initially asked for a pay rise of £2,000 a year each. This would still leave many below the national average wage of £24,000. Lively picket lines on last week's strike were also boosted by messages and donations from other trade unionists. Meanwhile journalists at Newsquest's local titles in Kendal are also set to strike over pay.
The NUJ members plan three rounds of two-day strikes, on 5 and 6 February, 12 and 13 February, and 19 and 20 February. Management have offered just £325 a year pay rise. In a separate dispute NUJ members at the Carlisle News & Star and Whitehaven News in Cumbria are also balloting over pay.