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Ballots for action at Guardian and Telegraph

Issue No. 2021

Journalists at two major national newspapers are gearing up to ballot for action.

NUJ union members at the Guardian are balloting over pay and in protest over huge bonuses awarded to senior Guardian executives, while NUJ members at the Telegraph are fighting planned job losses and new contracts.

Pay talks broke down at the Guardian after management refused to meet a 4 percent pay demand, and rejected calls for a £28,000 a year minimum for website staff.

Senior ranking executives awarded themselves huge bonuses worth over £1 million, and the editor accepted a pay increase worth 11 percent.

The Guardian has one of the biggest NUJ membership of any national newspaper.

The dispute at the Telegraph centres around plans to make more than 130 staff compulsory redundant.

The Telegraph chapel (workplace union branch) voted last week to go ahead with the ballot after management refused to meet union demands for meaningful negotiations.

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Sat 7 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2021
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