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NUJ calls more strikes

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Journalists in Warrington have called a 48-hour strike against Newsquest bosses’ attacks on their jobs and pay.
Issue 2271

Journalists in Warrington have called a 48-hour strike against Newsquest bosses’ attacks on their jobs and pay.

The workers, members of the NUJ union, struck on 14 September and planned to strike again on 20 September.

But they called the second strike off with the promise of talks with management while continuing a work to rule.

Management has forced through seven redundancies—resistance to which provoked the strikes.

The dispute involves some 40 workers at the Warrington Guardian, Northwich Guardian, Sale and Altrincham Messenger, St Helens Star and The Wirral Globe.

Laurence Shaw is the NUJ organiser in the area. He told Socialist Worker, “The journalists have been emboldened as a result of the action and are moving ahead in talks with management.

“They are looking for agreements on workloads and staffing levels among other things.

“Newsquest is one of the most brutal companies. We know that to stop these cuts across the group we as a union will have to take them on nationally.”

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