Coventry journalists to walk out on Friday

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Journalists at the Coventry Evening Telegraph and its associated
weeklies have decided to stage a 24-hour strike on Friday over pay.
 
Parent company Trinity Mirror is sticking to its offer of 2.75 per cent plus £200 a year on minimum pay bands.
 
The NUJ had pushed for a minimum senior rate of
£19,000 for journalists on daily titles compared to the management
offer of £18,882.
NCE-qualified senior journalists on the weeklies have been offered
£14,000 compared with the union’s request for £14,500.
 
Trinity Mirror has also offered to bring in what
it calls a “skill matrix agreement” which would provide more money
depending on experience.
 
Mother of Chapel Barbara Goulden said: “A paper
that can’t value its journalists can’t value its readers. Senior
journalists on this paper are paid less than the average in Coventry,
less than dustbin men get paid.
 
“There are specialists in Birmingham starting or
£25,580 where ours are starting on £21,310 but they have the same
living costs as we do here. We are hoping to persuade the company to
value us more highly and more action is certainly possible.”

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