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20 July 2002
JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser are the latest to vote for a strike ballot over pay. The NUJ union members decided to ballot after rejecting a 2.3 percent offer. The Liverpool Post and Echo Weekly group is meeting this week to decide whether to hold a strike ballot.


06 July 2002
STRIKES OVER low pay by journalists on the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian have started to bite. Members of the journalists' NUJ union extended their action-which is now in its fifth week-after two earlier five-day strikes failed to get management talking. New talks with the Johnson Press owned group began as Socialist Worker went to press.


15 June 2002
BEING TOLD they had to work Sundays was the last straw for journalists at OK! magazine. Last week they decided to form a union chapel. Over half the workforce at OK! joined the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Yes, yes to action

18 May 2002
JOURNALISTS AT the Independent and Independent on Sunday start voting this week in a ballot which could see the first strike action on a national newspaper for well over a decade. The journalists' NUJ union has only recently won back union recognition on the papers. It is encouraging members to vote for both a strike and action short of a strike.

Strikers win at Guardian group

04 May 2002
THE JOURNALISTS on Guardian Media Group newspapers in Manchester have won a victory over pay after a series of strikes. Management were forced to increase their pay offer the day before a nine-day stoppage by NUJ union members was due to start.


04 May 2002
OVER 450 people crammed into a Stop the War Coalition meeting in the Gladstone Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday of last week. The meeting condemned the threat of attacks on Iraq. It was sponsored by playwright Jimmy McGovern, Mirror columnist Brain Reade, Liverpool NUT and NUJ branches, and the Merseyside Peace Council.


13 April 2002
"WE ASKED them nicely for a living wage and they replied with a big stick. We've got to take that stick off them and beat them with it." That's how young journalists on the newspapers in Greater Manchester owned by the Guardian Media Group described their decision to hold three two-day strikes over pay and derecognition.

NUJ: End low pay

06 April 2002
Journalists at a string of weekly newspapers owned by the Guardian Media Group in the Manchester area have voted for strikes over low pay. Staff at the Rochdale Observer, Asian News, Middleton Guardian, Heywood Advertiser, Rossendale Free Press, Accrington Observer, Oldham Advertiser and Salford Advertiser are to strike for six days.


27 March 2002
Journalists at the Express and Star newspapers accepted an increased pay offer last week as management caved in just before a series of stoppages were due to begin. The new offer is £1,100 a year extra for every worker. This went up from £900 in the space of a week because of the threat of action. People recognised how far we have come since Richard Desmond bought the papers a year ago.

Bradford strike electrifies conference

16 March 2002
THE ISSUE of pay electrified the first day of the annual conference of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Eastbourne last week. Successful strike action by workers at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus group of papers has been a major boost to the fight against low pay. Conference delegates greeted Sarah Walsh, a leading member of the Bradford NUJ workplace union chapel, with massive applause.


09 March 2002
Votes for strike action over pay will set the mood for this year's annual delegate conference of the NUJ journalists' union in Eastbourne. Four local newspaper workplace union branches have now voted for strike ballots. This is after one half-day strike brought victory for journalists at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus group.

Significant victory down to solidarity

02 March 2002
National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members are celebrating winning union recognition at Emap Healthcare and Public Sector Management magazines after a campaign lasting nearly four years. The victory is significant-Emap, a major media group, derecognised trade unions a decade ago.


23 February 2002
Two more NUJ journalists union chapels (workplace branches) on local newspapers have voted to ballot for strike action in a new campaign to end low pay. After victory in the first strike over pay for more than a decade at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus group, journalists at the Wakefield Express and Yorkshire Post and Leeds Evening Post have voted for strike ballots.

News made by victory on pay

09 February 2002
The first strike by journalists over pay in over a decade has won a victory at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus titles. After just one half-day stoppage by NUJ union members, management at the Newsquest-owned titles were forced to offer a deal worth 3 percent. The Bradford NUJ chapel (workplace union branch) was the first to win back recognition at Newsquest, which owns papers across the country and is owned by US multinational Gannett.


26 January 2002
National Union of Journalists members at Newsquest-owned titles in Bradford struck for half a day last week over low pay. NUJ president Rory McLeod joined the picket lines. There were also NUJ delegations from Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Coventry.

Journalists: Dear victory

03 November 2001
Jeremy Dear has been elected as the new general secretary of the NUJ journalists' union. In the final count Jeremy got 3,437 votes, a clear victory over his nearest rival Bernie Corbett, who ended with 2,159 after transfers from other eliminated candidates had been taken into account.


13 November 1999
JOURNALISTS IN the NUJ union at the Observer have voted for a strike over pay. The 34 to 15 strike vote is over Observer journalists being offered a lower pay rise than those at their sister paper the Guardian. Guardian staff have been offered 3.5 percent, while Observer staff are being offered just 2.4 percent.

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