Support grows for Newsquest London strikers
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Thursday's picket line - © Beowulf Mayfield
25 June 2015
Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith have signed an early day motion sponsored by Tania Mathias, Conservative MP for Twickenham, supporting the Newsquest London strikers.
The EDM 179 said:
That this House believes that local newspapers play a crucial role in enhancing local democracy, such as by reporting on council meetings, holding local decision-makers to account and providing a forum for local issues; recognises that many local journalists are paid below the London Living Wage, despite the valuable work they do; is therefore concerned that Newsquest South London, a large regional publisher, is planning to cut the number of journalists and impose redundancies at local newspapers in South London, including the Croydon Guardian, Sutton Guardian, Wimbledon Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Surrey Comet, Elmbridge Comet and Richmond and Twickenham Times; notes that Newsquest has made large profits in recent years; is further concerned about the impact that these job losses could have on the quality of local journalism; regrets that many local journalists have decided to go on strike over the last fortnight; and calls on Newsquest to review urgently its plans for job losses in South London.
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Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretaty, sent a message of solidarity to the Newsquest journalists, telling them good luck with the strike and settling the dispute.
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