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Newsquest Southampton NUJ sets strike dates

4 November 2010

NUJ members at Newsquest Southampton have called two 48-hour strikes over the continuing pay freeze at Newsquest. The first will take place from Tuesday 9 to Wednesday 10 November, the second from Tuesday to Wednesday 16 November to 17 November 2010.

On the first day of strike action, the NUJ strikers will be protesting outside the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) open day event featuring Baroness Buscombe, Chair of the PCC. The event will be held at Southampton City Art Gallery. 

The NUJ is calling on Newsquest management to fairly reward dedicated and hard-working staff.

Journalism in Newsquest is low paid:

  • Senior reporters only earn £21,900
  • Staff on minimum pay bandings have not received previously agreed loyalty payments of up to £1,500
  • Annual pay freezes combined with increases in the cost of living means that NUJ members at Newsquest have had a pay cut in real terms.

But low pay does not apply to everyone at Newsquest. The latest accounts from Newsquest Media plc. show the highest paid director got a 21.5% pay rise last year.

The NUJ has been attempting to negotiate a settlement to the dispute since spring 2010 and has been to ACAS and invited management to go to arbitration in order to reach an agreement.

The chapel has said they are striking reluctantly, having been given no alternative.

Management have been invited to negotiate in order to avoid the strikes taking place, but the chapel has not yet received a response.

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