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Soggy strikers win support for the cause

2 January 2018

Soggy but unbowed was how supporters of the NUJ strike at the Swindon Advertiser described day one on the picket line, which started at dawn.

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said: "We had brilliant turn out this morning with support from colleagues from Bristol, Oxford and London, plus visits from Labour councillors and activists who brought us flapjacks. Our message is being heard loud and clear that local journalists deserve fair pay for the vital job they do."

A chapel spokesman said: "It’s been an amazing day. We could never have imagined the level of support we have received from people today. It has buoyed us on and strengthened our resolve! "

Messages of support has been piling in for the journalists on the Newsquest-owned newspaper whose journalists started the year with a two-day strike over poverty pay. Send your messages of support to @Adverstrike and keep up with the strike news on Twitter

Messages include:

  • On behalf of the Trinity Mirror Group Chapel I congratulate NUJ members in Swindon who are taking a stand against low pay and job cuts
  • We all condemn the way Newsquest is undermining you and your work by these continuing cuts and imposing working conditions that then threaten your health – and expecting high-quality journalism for pay levels that are insulting. We are appalled by the inhumanity of the company’s management in the way they try to enforce job cuts and pay restraint, especially that they have – yet again – done so at this time of year. We deplore the fact that have felt you have no choice but to spend the first two working days of a new year withdrawing your labour in order to protect journalism and journalists.  NUJ's Newspapers and Agencies Industrial Council.
  • Hello Newsquest Swindon NUJ members. I'm writing to offer my best wishes for your fight with the Scrooges at Newsquest who have chosen to announce redundancies over the festive period…I'm sure all your Newsquest colleagues, present and past, will join me in wishing you all the best in your battle for fair wages and conditions and for the future of local journalism. Bob Smith, former Newsquest Group Chapel FoC and Newsquest Bradford Chapel FoC.
  • Solidarity With Striking NUJ Members @Adverstrike on the Swindon Advertiser. Birmingham & Coventry NUJ branch, have donated £100 to the NUJ Wiltshire Branch, whose members employed by Newsquest are on the picket line today Monday 1st January 2018 and will be again tomorrow.

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Swindon journalists strike for two days over poverty pay

Donations for the strike fund can be sent to:
Unity Trust Bank
Account name:  NUJ Wiltshire Branch
Account number:  35016904
Bank sort code: 608301


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