Express staff knock back pay deal and vote for strike

Staff at Express Newspapers have voted in favour of going on strike after rejecting a 3.3 per cent pay rise.

They
are also unhappy about minimum rates, with many staff earning less than
£30,000, and they say their 23-day holiday minimum is well below the
Fleet Street standard of six weeks.

The ballot result was 63.5
per cent in favour of action up to and including a strike and 81.5 per
cent in favour of action up to and excluding a strike.

Express Newspapers journalists were due to meet on Thursday this week to decide on what action to take next.

Meanwhile at the Telegraph titles a result is expected the same day on their strike ballot.

NUJ
members are balloting in protest at the 90 job cuts at the two
Telegraph titles. By this week it was understood that all but one
member of staff had accepted the redundancy terms on offer.

At
the Independent titles staff have called off their strike ballot. They
have accepted the original pay rise of three per cent, with enhanced
pension terms.

IN&M has also said it will consider “acting up” pay when somebody is covering a more senior role for three months.

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