Newsquest pay dispute settled

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The pay dispute at Newsquest’s South London Guardian has been
settled after journalists accepted a pay offer of three per cent
backdated to April.

The NUJ chapel, which had originally been pushing for six per cent with London weighting, staged a threeday strike last month.

There will be no further action on the condition that negotiations for next year’s pay claim begin immediately.

The
chapel and management are also formalising a system of time off in lieu
and confirmation of salary and career progression for sub-editors at
the titles.

According to the NUJ, trainee subs will start on
£17,000 and have a performance review every 18 months with a view to
progressing to the next pay band.

NUJ FoC David Tilley said:
“It’s been settled amicably and we have shown that we stand up for what
we believe in. That is that this industry doesn’t pay journalists
working in it the wages they deserve.”

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