Newsquest London strikes, still going strong
General secretary Michelle Stanistreet joins News Shopper picker line - © Beowulf Mayfield
© Beowulf Mayfield
23 June 2015
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will be leading a delegation of Newsquest reps to the London Assembly to brief politicians on the cuts, low pay and threat to quality journalism caused by the newspaper group's plans.
The strikes by journalists on the News Shopper titles, covering Dartford, Swanley, Lewisham, Catford, Greenwich, Gravesham, Bexley and Bromley and newspapers 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, the Richmond & Twickenham Times remain solid.
The general secretary called on the picket line at Petts Woods, where the News Shopper journalists were holding the second day of their strike.The journalists in Sutton remain on strike until 1 July.
The chapels' demands include a 3 per cent salary increase and changes to a major reorganisation affecting Newsquest titles in South and Southeast London. Fourteen editorial roles are at risk at Sutton. The chapels have also demanded that some of their colleagues pay be increased to at least the London Living Wage.