Condemnation for Newsquest payday change

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Following Newsquest’s decision to change its employees’ pay dates, the union is seeking legal advice to prevent other news organisations following suit.

The move was widely condemned by journalists who were forced to survive six weeks before they got paid and had to change payments such as standing orders, direct debits and mortgages.

The company stands to make about £250,000 from the move, according to the NUJ. Newsquest said it would offer journalists suffering particular hardships as a result of the move a financial contribution.

National Executive Council member Michelle Stanistreet said she underwent a similar change at Express Newspapers.

She said: "I can tell you waiting six weeks for your wages to come through is an absolute nightmare. It is a despicable way to treat staff and Newsquest should be utterly condemned for this action."

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