York journalists will be sent home if they take action

Journalists at Newsquest York who take part in mandatory 8am NUJ chapel meetings have been told they will be sent home if they arrive late for work.

Union members were due to begin eight days of chapel meetings from Thursday.

Before the action was due to start, NUJ father of chapel Sam Southgate received a letter from management warning that the services of any staff late for work would not be required for that day.

He said: ‘They are trying to reduce the effectiveness of the action. This way they can get away without paying us for a day’s work. We are looking at all the options available to us. The meetings could last five minutes, an hour or a full day.’

Last month, NUJ members at the York Press and associated titles held a five-day strike. According to the NUJ, some 34 out of 58 editorial staff took part in

the stoppages.

They are protesting at a pay offer of three per cent (with an additional half a per cent at management’s discretion).

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