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NUJ journalists in York call on other Newsquest chapels to help fight pay freeze

NUJ Newsquest journalists in York are calling on union chapels across the country to show their support and join protests against pay freezes.

Earlier this week NUJ journalists in York reportedly walked out after being docked a day’s pay for a meeting the union claims lasted only 10 minutes.

And now Mark Stead, joint-Father of the Chapel, wants his Newsquest colleagues to pull together unanimously.

He said: "We can break the Newsquest pay freeze if all Newsquest chapels stand together in the knowledge that they are being supported by colleagues across the country.

“You do not have to suffer in silence, you can use the power of the union behind you to force the management to the table and get the pay that you deserve for the talent you possess and the dedication you bring to your work as journalists."

The NUJ claims many journalists working for Newsquest titles have received only one pay increase of two per cent in the past four years, while inflation has risen by an average of three per cent each year since 2009.

Meanwhile, it points out that Newsquest chief executive Paul Davidson is reported to have earned £598,441 in salary last year. Figures for 2011 also show that directors were awarded an additional £881,000 in "share-based payments".

The NUJ also claims that the amount paid to staff fell 7.5 per cent overall to £123.08m in 2011 as 108 editorial jobs were lost.

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