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Galvanised by ruling

15 January 2005
TRINITY MIRROR Southern, one of Britain’s biggest newspaper publishers, last week went to the high court to stop ten of its staff from striking. Members of the NUJ journalists’ union on the Enfield Advertiser struck on Wednesday of last week against cuts caused by the merging of the subediting departments of four Trinity Mirror titles across north London.

Low paid to fight back

13 November 2004
THE NATIONAL Union of Journalists (NUJ) is preparing a nationwide Fair Pay Now campaign against low pay in the media industry.

How about recognition for a union that has members?

30 October 2004
JOURNALISTS AT Mirror Group Newspapers are campaigning to get their NUJ union recognised.


19 June 2004
MEMBERS OF the journalists' NUJ union struck on Friday of last week at the Blackpool Evening Gazette, the Fleetwood Weekly News and Lytham St Anne's Express over pay. They are protesting at a new pay structure that would leave fully qualified senior journalists earning only a little over £16,000.


05 June 2004
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.


27 March 2004
MEMBERS OF the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have voted narrowly against a proposal for their trade union to set up a political fund. The move was rejected by 53 percent to 47 percent, a majority of just 579 votes. The debate on having a political fund was clouded by opponents who claimed it was an attempt to get the union to support the Labour Party.


21 February 2004
EVERY MEMBER of the journalists' NUJ union will receive a ballot paper this week over whether it should have a separate fund for political campaigns. It is important to say yes. The events of the past three weeks-Lord Hutton's attack on the BBC and, by implication, investigative journalism in general, along with the magnificent walkouts of BBC staff in defence of the corporation-show just how high the political atmosphere can get around the NUJ.

Council clamps down on press

14 February 2004
AFTER THE controversy over the Hutton report, Labour-run Haringey Council in north London is seeking a confrontation with journalists in its own press office. The journalists, NUJ members, have faced a union-busting consultant who wants to delete not only any reference to "journalism" in their job descriptions, but their jobs themselves.


06 December 2003
ALMOST 40 reps from the Amicus, Bectu and NUJ unions representing Granada workers met with their full time broadcast organisers at the ITV unions' campaign meeting last week.


20 September 2003
OVER 100 people packed a meeting to discuss how the media stokes up "fake" fears of so called Islamic terrorism. The meeting was held on the second anniversary of the 11 September attacks on New York at the headquarters of the NUJ journalists' union.


13 September 2003
NUJ UNION members on the Sheffield Star have named dates when they could call mandatory chapel (branch) meetings after voting for industrial action in a ballot over pay. The dates are on every day in the week beginning 22 September and the meetings can take place at any time between 7am and 3pm. In the ballot 80 percent voted for a strike.


06 September 2003
JOURNALISTS WORKING for newspapers in Sheffield have voted for industrial action over pay.

Quest for success

26 July 2003
UNION recognition victories at the Daily Telegraph and the latest by 200 journalists at Trinity Mirror in Wales - after a 15-year fight - show the transformation going on in the media industry. The latest issue of Better Read, the rank and file newspaper for media workers, analyses the progress made by the journalists' NUJ union and other unions in the last 12 months.

Fight at critical stage

21 June 2003
THE FIGHT against low pay by journalists reached a critical stage this week. National Union of Journalists (NUJ) union members at Bradford Newsquest were due to meet on Tuesday to decide whether to reballot for more strike action. They had been on all-out strike until Wednesday of last week.

Tactics debate an urgent need

14 June 2003
THE ALL-OUT strike by journalists in Bradford was set to end on Wednesday as Socialist Worker went to press. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have been striking against a below-inflation pay rise offered by Newsquest bosses.

Massive vote for the union at Telegraph

17 May 2003
JOURNALISTS AT the Telegraph newspapers have overwhelmingly voted for union recognition. The ballot saw 91 percent of those voting support recognition of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). The vote was in a formal ballot under the latest union laws and will lead to recognition.

All-out strike hits the news

03 May 2003
SIXTY JOURNALISTS at the Bolton Evening News and Bury Times have been striking against miserable pay and conditions at Newsquest, a subsidiary of US firm Gannet. After two two-day strikes the NUJ union members walked out on all-out strike on Tuesday of last week.


26 April 2003
JOURNALISTS IN the NUJ union are stepping up their fight against the US-owned Gannett newspaper publisher, which owns Newsquest. They are striking for better pay. Bradford Newsquest strikers went back onto the picket line from Wednesday of last week.


19 April 2003
SOME 91.5 percent of NUJ members at Newsquest Bradford voted last week for more strikes. That is an even bigger majority than when they first balloted. Strikes are now planned between Wednesday of next week and Sunday 27 April. Twenty seven MPs have signed an Early Day Motion, a parliamentary petition, calling on the US-owned newspaper publisher Gannett, which owns Newsquest, to make a realistic pay offer to journalists.

Focus on war, pay and BBC

12 April 2003
PAY BATTLES and the mass movement against the war on Iraq shone through the NUJ journalists' union conference held in Llandudno, North Wales, last week. The conference was the largest the union has held for years. Strikes against low pay at around 20 local and national newspapers over the last year and scores of union recognition victories resulted in more branches electing delegates.

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