Belfast Telegraph staff vote to strike

Journalists at The Belfast Telegraph have agreed on a 48-hour strike after rejecting a 3 per cent pay increase.

Ninety-five NUJ members are due to take part in the stoppage this week, which will run from 3am on Friday to 3am on Sunday.

The NUJ claims salaries at The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life are out of line with those at owner Independent News and Media’s other titles, such as the Irish Independent and the London-based Independent.

A Telegraph spokesman said: “The company is disappointed that NUJ members at The Belfast Telegraph have voted to take part in industrial action after rejecting what we believe is one of the best offers to any group of journalists in the UK this year.

“The 3 per cent basic offer, which all NUJ members would have received, is well above the current rate of inflation.

In addition, about 30 union members stand to gain salary increases of between 5 and 16 per cent as a result of regrading proposals.”

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