By Dominic Ponsford
Journalists at Express Newspapers have agreed to drop threats of
industrial action after receiving assurances that a new house agreement
will be in place by the end of May.
- March 16, 2018
- March 14, 2018
- February 27, 2018
NUJ members number around 300 out of a total of 400 journalists at
the Express and Star titles and already have official recognition
enabling them to bargain over pay. The house agreement will be a more
detailed document providing a breakdown of agreed working conditions.
has also agreed to pay back the day’s pay which was withheld from 70
staff who took part in a twohour walkout a month ago. Some 63.5 per
cent of NUJ members who took part in a ballot had previously voted in
favour of strike action.
Staff have now agreed to the original
pay offer of 3.3 per cent but remain concerned about minimum pay levels
– particularly the fact that many qualified journalists are on less
According to Daily Star NUJ father of chapel Steve
Usher, trained reporters at Express Newspapers in London are being paid
as little as £22,000.
He said: “I think it’s scandalous for a
major newspaper in central London to be offering those kinds of
salaries. I would think it’s about half of what other places are paying.
“People come to us on low wages, get a good name and move on to a great salary on one of the other titles.”
members at the Express titles have previously argued for a minimum wage
of £28,000. At the Financial Times, journalists agreed a minimum rate
of £30,000 earlier this year.