Guardian journalists are in dispute with management after rejecting an annual pay rise of three per cent.
The dispute also centres around long-standing grievances held by
journalists working on the website Guardian Unlimited.
Many journalists who work only on the website have inferior pay and
conditions to those who work on The Guardian and Observer newspapers –
althoughthe company says its offer does include a commitment to review all Guardian Unlimited
editorial salaries and address the parity issue.
NUJ negotiators have asked that the £28,000 minimum salary for
journalists on the newspapers be extended to cover those who work on
In 2005, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger received an annual
salary of £312,000, a 14.7 per cent increase. He also received an
annual bonus of £175,000.
In the financial year to this April, Guardian Newspapers made a
loss of £49.9 million – largely due to the costs of building new
full-colour, Berliner-size printing presses.