Newsquest members take action on pay
19 October 2012
Journalists working for Newsquest in Bradford have given notice to take industrial action and their Newsquest colleagues in York are taking action today.
NUJ members working for Newsquest in York are taking industrial action for the second time in response to a pay freeze at the company.
The York chapel will hold a mandatory chapel meeting at 12 noon today and the previous action took place on Friday 5 October.
The Bradford NUJ Newsquest chapel action is planned for Friday 26 October.
The move to action shows a growing discontent amongst journalists at Newsquest.
Mark Stead and Tony Kelly, Joint Fathers of Chapel at NUJ Newsquest York said: “Despite the fact we have made several suggestions to local management about possible alternatives to a pay rise, we have yet to reach a resolution and therefore have no alternative but to continue our industrial action,”
“Newsquest Yorkshire & North East remains a profitable company - £1.87 million profit in 2011, according to its latest accounts. Meanwhile, our members are forced to scrape by without any financial recognition of their continuing outstanding work and the extra duties they absorb, particularly in social media, within their already-stretched working days. It is completely unacceptable.
“We are grateful for the dozens of messages of support we have received from across the NUJ and feel the time has come for all Newsquest chapels to take a stand on pay. We are also heartened by the industrial action which is to be taken by our Newsquest Yorkshire & North East colleagues in Bradford, and hope that, by working together, we can finally make our paymasters see reason.”
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern & Midlands Organiser, said: “Anger is rising among our members in Newsquest that while they toil away, senior managers think only of subsidising the company’s American shareholders through the denial of proper pay to staff.
“I urge Newsquest bosses to immediate recognise the level of discontent that is rising all the time among its journalists and call proper talks with real money on the table to start to address the hardship our members are enduring.”