JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser launched their first six days of strike action over pay with a solidarity rally last Saturday. The NUJ chapel (union branch) has decided to fight low pay, following the successes at Bradford, Spalding, Guardian Media in Manchester and elsewhere. Suzanne Roberts, mother of chapel at the Spalding Guardian, and a representative from the EMAP Health Magazines NUJ chapel - who are on a 24-hour strike over pay this Friday - spoke of a changing mood among journalists.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear also spoke, and pledged support from the national union. Solidarity messages were read out from NUJ chapels around the country and other trade unionists, including the national FBU firefighters' union and Derek Simpson, newly elected general secretary of Amicus.
Speakers are being organised to address NUJ chapels around the country. For details phone 07810 250 272.
Send workplace collections and donations, with cheques payable to South Yorkshire NUJ, to Rotherham Advertiser NUJ Chapel, c/o 47 Meersbrook Park Road, Sheffield S8 9FN.