MEMBERS OF the NUJ journalists’ union at the Blackpool Gazette and its associated weekly papers are to go on strike over pay on Friday next week. Workers on the Johnston Press-owned title have rejected an offer which would leave senior journalists on £17,600, or even lower.
Johnston Press made more than £120 million last year. In 2002 the Blackpool papers made £15,000 of profit for every employee-a rise of £3,000 over 2001. Strikers will be on the picket lines on 11 June in Blackpool, Lytham-St-Anne’s and Fleetwood.
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