MORE THAN 100 journalists on the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal struck on Thursday of last week as part of their continuing fight for a fair wage. This is their second one-day strike. More action is planned-journalists will walk out again for two days on Friday and Saturday this week. Those two days will badly hit a planned relaunch of the group's Sunday Sun on August 11.
Bosses have offered just a 2 percent rise. Under the latest proposals graduate trainees in Newcastle will start on £12,250 per year, compared to a reported average graduate starting salary of £19,000. The paper is part of the giant Trinity Mirror group. According to the latest accounts the Newcastle titles made an operating profit of £13.2 million on a turnover of £52 million.
Chronicle and Journal boss Steve Brown has 116,738 share options on Trinity Mirror, the group that owns them.
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MEMBERS OF the National Union of Journalists at the Rotherham Advertiser have voted to strike over pay. The ballot result was 77 percent for strike action and 92 percent for action short of a strike. Union members were to meet later this week to discuss what action they should now take.