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Second round of industrial action at Newsquest titles in York over pay freeze

NUJ members at Newsquest paper in York are taking industrial action for the second time today in response to an ongoing pay freeze at the company.

Journalists working for Newsquest in Bradford, meanwhile, have also given notice to take industrial action.

The York chapel will hold a mandatory chapel meeting at 12 noon today, while the Bradford NUJ Newsquest chapel action is planned for Friday 26 October.

Mark Stead and Tony Kelly, joint fathers of chapel at NUJ Newsquest York, said in a joint statement:

Despite the fact we have made several suggestions to local management about possible alternatives to a pay rise, we have yet to reach a resolution and therefore have no alternative but to continue our industrial action,”

Newsquest Yorkshire & North East remains a profitable company - £1.87 million profit in 2011, according to its latest accounts. Meanwhile, our members are forced to scrape by without any financial recognition of their continuing outstanding work and the extra duties they absorb, particularly in social media, within their already-stretched working days. It is completely unacceptable.

We are grateful for the dozens of messages of support we have received from across the NUJ and feel the time has come for all Newsquest chapels to take a stand on pay. We are also heartened by the industrial action which is to be taken by our Newsquest Yorkshire & North East colleagues in Bradford, and hope that, by working together, we can finally make our paymasters see reason.

Affected titles in York include The Press, weekly paid-for the Gazette & Herald, free weekly the York and Selby Star, and the thepress.co.uk and gazetteherald.co.uk websites.

Newsquests papers in Bradford include the Telegraph & Argus, Ilkley Gazette, Keighley News and Wharfedale & Airedale Observer.

 

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