National World journalists set for further strike action

  • 21 Sep 2023

Hundreds of journalists at the publisher will strike on 22 and 25 September across the UK and Ireland.

Plans follow walkouts by over 330 journalists on 18 September, leading to reduced news coverage and the use of generic front-page campaigns across titles. Replicated campaigns included those urging children to look up from their mobile phones when crossing roads and outdated eight-page tributes of the anniversary of the Queen’s death. 

A work to rule in place from 19 September has further compounded the impact of industrial action as journalists oppose the imposed 4.5 per cent pay increase from National World. Low morale, financial hardship and growing fears over job security are the realities for most journalists at the publisher, despite its half year financial results indicating cash reserves of £22m.   

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said: 

“We know National World can afford to revise its pay package for staff, ensuring journalists can afford to remain at the jobs they rightly take pride in. Members have demonstrated their collective power by taking strike action, and without a rethink from David Montgomery and his board, National World risks further alienating staff.  

“The sustainability of local journalism requires skilled, talented journalists and with over 100 titles, National World has a responsibility to ensure its staff are paid decent salaries, preventing the financial hardship we know some journalists at the company experience. I want to thank every member who is taking part in the action to stand up for their colleagues and campaign for fair pay at National World" 

Find out more on Information on picket locations and times for 25 September will be published at

The Northern Ireland Committee of the ICTU is holding a rally at City Hall, Belfast at 12.30 pm on Friday 22 September. This is in support of industrial action by a number of unions, including the NUJ. Séamus Dooley, assistant general secretary and a member of the ICTU, will address the rally. 

Join members of Belfast and District Branch who will be bringing their banner. Assemble at the front of City Hall at 12.00 midday in solidarity with National World chapels across Northern Ireland and our sister unions in the public and private sector.

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