Herald and Times journalists could strike over Newsquest pay date change

NUJ members working for The Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow are to ballot for strike action over a change in their pay dates.

Newsquest (Herald & Times) pland to begin paying its staff six days later than usual – on the 26th of each month. The company says the move is purely being done for administration reasons.

Ballot papers will go out to more than 200 NUJ members working for Newsquest Strathclyde as well as a similar number of Amicus members who work for the company.

The NUJ says the move could disrupt staff members' ability to carry out certain payments such as mortgages, standing orders and direct debits and that they could be issued with penalties as a result.

However, Newsquest (Herald & Times) said it has offered to compensate for any staff who would be disadvantaged by the move.

Parent company Newsquest first began changing pay dates in February last year causing industrial unrest throughout the group.

In March the NUJ estimated that the company could make savings of around £250,000 from the move.

 

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