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12-day London newspapers' strike to start on Thursday

12 June 2015

The strike action at Newsquest (South London), where members are in dispute over reorganisation proposals and pay, will now take place between Thursday 18 June and Wednesday 1 July.

Facing the possibility of a legal challenge, after the company raised a technical issue with the original strike notice, the chapel has decided to reschedule rather than have the dispute overshadowed by legal arguments.

The union is confident that the company’s objections to the original notice were without basis.

The chapel’s demands include a 3 per cent salary increase and changes to a major reorganisation affecting Newsquest titles in South and Southeast London, including The Croydon Guardian, Sutton Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Wimbledon Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian, Balham and Tooting Guardian, Mitcham and Morden Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Surrey Comet, Elmbridge Comet, and the Richmond & Twickenham Times, and the News Shopper series covering Dartford, Swanley,  Lewisham, Catford, Greenwich, Gravesham, Bexley and Bromley.

Members in Southeast London, working on the News Shopper titles, have also voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over pay, staffing and redundancies.

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