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Southampton Newsquest members name second strike date

Newsquest strikers, Southampton

Newsquest strikers, Southampton  -  © Private

8 November 2010

NUJ members at Newsquest Southampton have announced a further 48-hour strike on 16 and 17 November. This follows a successful 2-day stoppage on 9 and 10 November.

The chapel have decided to take a friendly approach to all staff going in and are handing out sweets with their leaflets. This followed an email from the MD warning staff that the NUJ may create a threatening atmosphere on the picket line.

The strikes, part of a long-running dispute over a continuing pay freeze., follows protracted attempts to negotiate a settlement, dating back to spring this year. Negotiations at ACAS and invites to management to go to arbritration have failed to achieve a resolution.

The Press Complaints Commission is holding the latest in a series of open events in Southampton today, promoting the PCC's work to the wider public. Journalists from Newsquest's Southampton centre have decided to use the opportunity to publicise Newsquest's pay hypocrisy, organising a protest outside the event, at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Journalism in Newsquest is low paid – but that is not the case for the parent group's senior execs. Last year, the highest paid director got a 21.5% pay rise. The reality for those producing Newsquest titles is very different:

  • Senior reporters only earn £21,900
  • Staff on minimum pay bandings have not received previously agreed loyalty payments of up to £1,500
  • The long running pay freeze has amounted to a pay cut in real terms.

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