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Pay talks now on with Johnston Press

4 July 2013

Despite reports that the Johnston Press is to bring in a performance-related pay review following its 18-month pay freeze, the company has given the NUJ an assurance that its normal collective bargaining agreement will be resumed.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said the union's chapels will now begin the process of preparing claims for local negotiations with each centre.

 "Our members have already made a substantial contribution, in terms of productivity, to the digital transition of the company, which has been achieved with significant job cuts. Any future pay talks will need to remedy the fall in their living standards caused by the pay-freeze years and  they will need to be adequately rewarded for delivering the transformation of the business into a modern media company.
"All of our members at Johnston Press are among the best money can buy and I look forward to ensuring that our pay priority is to reward their professional commitment. I welcome the company's offer to address low pay within the coming round of negotiations."

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