JOURNALISTS IN the NUJ union at Coventry Newspapers are continuing their long running dispute against low pay.
They struck for three days last week, on Monday of Tuesday of this week and were set to strike on Thursday, Friday and Saturday also this week.
The strike involves 43 NUJ members at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Coventry Citizen, Hinckley Times, Bedworth Echo and Nuneaton Tribune.
Coventry Newspapers is owned by Trinity Mirror.
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South London Guardian
NUJ members at the South London Guardian, owned by the Newsquest company, struck on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Dave Tilley, the father of the chapel (union convenor), told Socialist Worker, “Low pay is rife in the industry. Trainee journalists start off on just £14,000 a year.
“We made a claim for 6 percent plus London weighting last August. They finally offered us 3 percent in March, but it was too little too late.” The chapel balloted and there was an overwhelming vote for strike action and action short of a strike.
Dave said, “We were inspired by the strike at Trinity Mirror in Coventry.”
The picket line at the main office in Morden was lively and confident. The strikers also leafleted nearby town centres to publicise their case. Newquest’s parent company is Gannet, which owns USA today and 100 other US dailies.
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JOURNALISTS ON newspapers in Sheffield were meeting on Wednesday of this week to finalise what action to take over short-staffing following a successful ballot for action.
This was likely to be some form of withdrawal of goodwill, and working to contract.Management promises of some replacements and restructuring of work have met with no enthusiasm from union members.
Mother of chapel (convenor) Sheffield Newspapers
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