Strikes continue over pay claims

More pay strikes were planned at Newsquest regional titles this week in Bradford, Bolton and Bury.

In Bradford, NUJ members were planning to start a 10-day strike from Wednesday. In Bolton and Bury, the chapel was to hold a second two-day strike in support of a 7 per cent pay claim, starting on Wednesday. It is also planning a strike next Tuesday “until further notice”.

The NUJ says 53 MPs have signed an early day motion calling on management at Newsquest Bradford to engage in “constructive dialogue” with the union to reach a “realistic settlement”.

It is understood that talks have been taking place between NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear and Newsquest Bradford management.

At Bolton, the company said it has made a number of attempts to identify issues which may help to resolve the matter. Newsquest Bolton managing director Eric Henshaw said: “We are disappointed that NUJ members have voted to take strike action. We strongly feel this course of action is not the best way to get any of these issues resolved.”

lAbove: members of the NUJ on strike in Bolton last week.

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