Newsquest Bradford follows York in vote for action over pay
4 October 2012
Journalists working for Newsquest in Bradford, which includes the Telegraph & Argus, have voted in favour of taking action following the management's imposition of a pay freeze.
Bob Smith, Bradford FoC said:
"The vote in favour of industrial action by members at Newsquest Bradford is an indication of the anger and frustration felt by journalists who have had their pay frozen for three of the past four years.
"The company locally made pre-tax profits of £1.87m last year, while group directors were rewarded with performance-related pay totalling £268,000 at a time when editorial bosses tell our company is not hitting financial targets.
"It's time for Newsquest to stop punishing its staff and start investing in its most valuable asset: the journalists who create the content without which there is no business."
The vote follows a similar call for action by Newsquest staff in York, who will be calling a mandatory chapel meeting at 4pm on Friday.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern & Midlands Organiser, said:
"Newsquest is beginning to face a revolt among its staff who have been asked to accept a pay freeze while the company makes good profits and its American shareholders prosper."
Other publications in the Newsquest Bradford group include the Ilkley Gazette, Keithley News and Wharfedale & Airedale Observer.