Solidarity for National World journalists

  • 06 Oct 2023

Messages of support including from NUJ chapels for members calling for an improved pay package from the publisher.

Last month, journalists at National World took strike action over three dates in opposition to the imposed 4.5 per cent pay award by the company. National World has refused to discuss minimum pay rates or action to address growing disparities within newsrooms.

As this year’s pay increase was applied to individual salaries only, new starters at the publisher stand to earn up to 9.25 per cent less than colleagues with the same qualifications and experience.

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Reach Group Chapel sends its support and solidarity to fellow members in National World who have shown amazing courage and commitment in their bid to achieve justice over pay. The strike action taken in your dispute with an out of touch and unresponsive management has been inspiring. It has exposed the paucity of senior executive claims that it cannot do better than imposing a pay deal that leaves journalists having to take second jobs to survive the cost-of-living crisis. It is wrong that journalists are being forced to sacrifice their living standards to pay for David Montgomery’s empire building. We stand with our colleagues in National World and urge the company to urgently come to the negotiating table to find a decent and equitable resolution.

Newsquest NUJ members stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues at National World in their campaign to win a better deal on pay. Media companies consistently fail to meaningfully recognise the value that journalists bring to their businesses - but also to the democratic fabric of our society. The action taken by NUJ members in National World has been inspiring and we wish you well in achieving a just outcome.

Without decent pay, our industry will continue to haemorrhage the best talent. We urge National World to get back to the negotiation table and come to a fair resolution to this dispute. We also suggest David Montgomery pauses his acquisition spending spree and concentrate instead on supporting journalism excellence with decently paid journalists who don’t have to take two jobs to make ends meet. Solidarity and support to National World members from Newsquest NUJ Group Chapel.

Over 20,000 union members are affiliated to Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Trades Union Council through their local trade union branches, including those from all the major unions. Through BFWTUC, unions work together, both on campaigning issues, and to support each other. We would very much welcome the affiliation of NUJ members in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre.

Our Executive Committee, which met last week, heard of your campaign and strike action, and the way you have been treated by your employer. We wish to express our complete solidarity with you and your cause. If needed, we can support you when on picket lines with our BFWTUC banner. We can also spread news of your struggle to other union branches and members locally, urge them to back you, and support you in the media.  Blackpool, Flyde & Wyre trade union council

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