Socialist Worker

Newsquest journalists' ten-day action makes the front page

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2459

Strikers force the issue

Strikers force the issue

Journalists in south London have been striking back against low pay and job cuts.

NUJ union members working at Newsquest newspapers began a 10-day strike on Thursday of last week.

They were joined by workers on News Shopper papers—also owned by Newsquest—on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The strikers are fighting a restructure which would see jobs cut across a range of papers. Bosses also want journalists in the south east to work remotely. 

The strikers demand a three percent pay rise and changes to the reorganisation.

Bosses’ attempts to do the workers’ jobs have been a disaster. The front page of last Friday’s Surrey Comet ran the nonsensical headline, “Are litter rules shop counter-productive?”

Newsquest NUJ rep Andrew told Socialist Worker, “That shows why we’re needed. It shows what happens when you’re stressed and understaffed.

“The support we’ve had is incredible. We’ve even had international support—with a message of support from the News Guild-CWA union in the US.”

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