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Issue No. 1957

Coventry newspapers

Journalists in the NUJ union struck at Coventry Newspapers on Friday of last week as part of their campaign against low pay.

The strike hit the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Nuneaton Tribune, Bedworth Echo and Hinkley Times. Workers voted by 80 percent for strike action after rejecting a 2.75 percent pay deal.

This would have left virtually the entire chapel (union branch) earning below the average wage in Britain.

Trinity Mirror, the owner of the newspapers, made £200 million last year.

The NUJ’s Northern Organiser Miles Barter said, “We will not accept these sub-standard wages.

“Journalists are skilled professionals and are the people that make these huge newspaper profits possible.

“It’s time Trinity Mirror acknowledged this and paid their staff properly.”

Send messages of support to coventrystrikes@yahoo.co.uk


BBC workers

Members of the National Union of Journalists in the BBC met on Wednesday of last week to discuss their management’s offer in their dispute.

Workers in the NUJ, Amicus and Bectu unions struck for one-day last month against 3,800 job losses. Management has made concessions over privatisation which Bectu is set to put out to a ballot.

Pete Murray, the NUJ deputy father of the chapel (union branch) at BBC Scotland, told Socialist Worker, “We decided to go ahead with negotiations with management.

“We will have a position of no compulsory redundancies and we won’t accept redundancies where the individuals left behind will have to do the work of those who have gone.

“If the BBC goes against this we will issue seven days notice for another strike. People are ready for more action.”


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Sat 25 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1957
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