Bradford 10-day strike goes ahead

The NUJ chapel at Newsquest Bradford was planning to start a 10-day strike on Friday in support of its long-running pay claim.

The union, which has already backed seven days of strikes, claims Newsquest has refused to budge on a 2 per cent pay offer. Management claimed the walkout would only involve a third of the journalists who work for the Telegraph & Argus and a series of weeklies.

Managing director David Coates said: “It is disappointing that a minority of journalists have decided to take this further action.”

The NUJ is seeking a £1,500 rise and claims pay levels at the Bradford centre start at £12,000 for graduate trainees and £15,000 for qualified senior journalists.

Meanwhile, NUJ members at the Carlisle News & Star and the Whitehaven News, who had threatened to strike in support of a pay claim, are considering a new offer.

NUJ members at the Coventry Evening Telegraph have voted to join colleagues on the Birmingham Post and Mail and strike in protest at Trinity Mirror’s decision to end its final salary pension scheme to new employees. Post and Mail journalists were planning a one-day strike on Friday, and the Telegraph chapel a strike from 8am to noon, also on Friday.

lIPC journalists were this week being balloted on union recognition. It follows lengthy talks between IPC bosses and the NUJ. The ballot began on Thursday and is open to more than 700 full-time editorial staff.

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