Regional journalists strike over pay

By Sarah Lagan

Journalists at the South London Guardian carried out a three-day strike over pay this week.

Staff at the Newsquest title want London weighting and an increase on the current three per cent offer.

Newsquest
alleges that picketing activity outside one newspaper office breached
the DTI code of conduct since it was not all the pickets’ “own place of
work”. The NUJ said one employee from Morden picketed outside Croydon
but stopped as soon as asked.

Meanwhile, Trinity Mirror NUJ
chapels across the country have been called upon by the union to hold
mandatory lunchtime meetings in support of journalists striking at
Coventry Newspapers over pay.

Talks are continuing between the
union at Coventry Newspapers and management over pay and more strikes
were planned until 7 August.

Journalists at Sheffield Newspapers
have accepted a three per cent pay rise, with five per cent on some
gradings, but voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike
over staffing levels.

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