JOURNALISTS at the Mirror-owned Newcastle Chronicle and Journal planned their first day's strike action for this Thursday in a dispute over pay. Another strike is scheduled for next Thursday. The strike is the latest in a wave of action on regional newspapers across Britain.
Chapel (union branch) members rejected new proposals which would have given most NUJ members only a 2 percent pay rise. Chronicle and Journal boss Steve Brown told a chapel meeting that the Trinity Mirror group's profit margin-25 percent of turnover-is too low.
After his speech only four NUJ members voted against strike action. Supporters are asked to visit the picket line between 6am and 7pm at the Groat Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Send donations and messages of support to 11 Trinity Courtyard, Newcastle NE6 1TS, or e-mail email@example.com Make cheques payable to Newcastle NUJ Branch.