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Pay is the big story at Coventry papers

by Andy Petitt
Issue No. 1962

Strike escalates this week

Strike escalates this week


Some 45 members of the NUJ journalists union at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Coventry Citizen, Hinckley Times, Bedworth Echo and Nuneaton Tribune are continuing their long running dispute over pay and regrading.

The NUJ members have said they will be on strike from Tuesday of this week “until further notice”. They had taken 13 days of strike action by the end of last week.

The journalists are asking for a proper “skills matrix” regrading exercise to be carried out, in order to achieve parity with reporters on the Birmingham Post & Mail.

Strikers travelled to Birmingham on Thursday of last week to meet journalists working there.

The strikers continue to receive good support from passers-by, and the NUJ nationally has given good financial support.

However, management continues to produce the paper by using fillers, press releases, larger pictures and by selling cut price advertising space in place of editorial copy.

Financial support from other NUJ workplaces and workplaces in the Coventry area will help to boost the strikers’ morale.

Many journalists are watching the development of this dispute with interest, as pay and conditions continue to deteriorate across the newspaper industry.

New starters at the Coventry Evening Telegraph earn only £11,000, and at some newspapers it can be as low as £8,000.

Send donations made payable to “Coventry branch National Union of Journalists” to 4 Ribble Road, Coventry CV3 1AU. Send messages of support to coventrystrikes@yahoo.co.uk


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Sat 6 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1962
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