JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser are the latest to vote for a strike ballot over pay. The NUJ union members decided to ballot after rejecting a 2.3 percent offer. The Liverpool Post and Echo Weekly group is meeting this week to decide whether to hold a strike ballot.
Journalists at the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal are having talks after winning their strike ballot, having rejected a 2.5 percent offer. Pay disputes are still going on at the Belfast Telegraph and Sunderland Echo, and at EMAP magazines.
Phil Turner of the NUJ Northern Low Pay Committee told Socialist Worker, 'The strike at the Spalding Guardian shows that, however small the chapel, determined action can win. 'The pay campaign has to be stepped up nationally by the union's leadership.'
JOURNALISTS AT the Independent and Independent on Sunday have won a significant victory.
After management tried to impose a pay freeze members of the NUJ staged a one and a half hour stoppage, the first strike on a national paper for 13 years. Now the pay freeze has been broken, and lowest paid workers will get immediate pay rises of up to 17 percent.