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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.


15 March 2003
WORKERS AT the BBC are fighting against the sacking of journalists Adli Hawwari and Adbul Hadi Jiad from the World Service. The journalists are Iraqi and Palestinian. Around 60 reps from the journalists' NUJ union met in London last week. They voted unanimously to condemn the management's dismissal of the two workers and to call for action.


08 February 2003
JOURNALISTS AT the Bradford titles of Newsquest-a division of the giant US media firm Gannett-walked out over low pay on Thursday and Friday of last week. The members of the NUJ union are to strike again on 10 and 11 February, and then on 19 and 20 February. The action involves staff at local papers in Bradford, Shipley, Otley, Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.

Bradford kicks off battle

01 February 2003
JOURNALISTS in Bradford are set to lead the action again in this year's low pay battles. Members of the journalists' NUJ union at Bradford Newsquest led the way last year with the first pay strike for a decade. They have now voted by 87 percent for a series of two-day stoppages, starting this week on 30 and 31 January.


18 January 2003
JOURNALISTS AT Newsquest Bradford are balloting for strike action after rejecting a 2 percent pay offer. The National Union of Journalists' chapel (workplace branch) has demanded a rise of at least £2,000 per year after the company had a 17 percent increase in profits.

Union with the unions?

16 November 2002
THOUSANDS OF trade unionists came to the European Social Forum. Their numbers reflected the rise in workers' struggle in much of Europe. There were members of many British unions present, including the CWU, RMT, Amicus, Unison, PCS, NUJ, Natfhe, Prospect, NUT and TGWU. There were more than 2,000 people at just one of the meetings on trade union struggles.

Workers express disgust

02 November 2002
AT A packed chapel (union branch) meeting last Friday, Express and Star NUJ union members unanimously called for a strike ballot. This is part of our fight to prevent our boss Richard Desmond sending up to 100 of our jobs to Broughton, Lancashire. We believe this is an attempt at a Wapping-style operation aimed at shifting production to Lancashire.


14 September 2002
JOURNALISTS at EMAP Healthcare/PSM in London are considering further action after their one-day strike. Union members were told by national NUJ officials last week that an approach had been made by the conciliation service ACAS over the dispute. Branch members agreed to pursue this avenue to see if anything resulted.


31 August 2002
JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser launched their first six days of strike action over pay with a solidarity rally last Saturday. The NUJ chapel (union branch) has decided to fight low pay, following the successes at Bradford, Spalding, Guardian Media in Manchester and elsewhere. Suzanne Roberts, mother of chapel at the Spalding Guardian, and a representative from the EMAP Health Magazines NUJ chapel - who are on a 24-hour strike over pay this Friday - spoke of a changing mood among journalists.


17 August 2002
JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser start a one-week strike from Saturday 24 August over low pay. The 13 NUJ union members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a ballot. The NUJ chapel (union branch) rejected a 2.3 percent offer from the owner Garnett Dickinson Publishing. The chapel has put in a claim for a 10 percent rise.


03 August 2002
MORE THAN 100 NUJ journalists' union members struck on Friday of last week at the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal as part of their fight for a fair wage. The workers were due to strike again on Thursday. The newspaper is part of the giant Trinity Mirror group.

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