Dublin Gazette journalists protest at late salary payments
© Gregory Donaghy
27 May 2015
Chapel members at Gazette Group Newspapers staged the first of a planned series of protests outside their Dublin workplace at lunchtime today, demanding they be paid on time.
They were joined by NUJ colleagues who turned up in solidarity on Clarendon Street. Many other members took to social media to support the chapel.
In late 2014 the company unilaterally changed the way they were paid. Instead of getting one payment, they now get two payments each month. This has resulted in major problems for chapel members when paying their monthly bills.
As well as having suffered pay cuts in recent years, the Gazette journalists are also facing increased travel costs after the company decided to relocate from the city centre to Dundrum.
Ian McGuinness, NUJ assistant organiser, said:
"The NUJ will continue to hold these protests, at a time of our choosing, until the company reinstates the single monthly payment system and agrees to meet the burden of extra travel costs imposed upon these journalists by the newspapers’ decision to relocate.
"The chapel has reached breaking point. It has sacrificed enough during recent difficult years for the company. Now all they are looking for is fair treatment, and NUJ members throughout Ireland will do what they can to help them achieve it."
Gazette Group Newspapers publishes a series of local newspapers in Dublin city and environs.