London journalists call off pay strike

Sarah Lagan
The pay dispute at Newsquest’s South London
Guardian has been settled after journalists accepted an offer of
three per cent backdated until April.
The NUJ chapel, which had originally been pushing
for six per cent with London weighting, staged a three-day strike
last month. There will be no further action on the condition that
negotiations for next year’s pay claim begins with immediate effect.
As a result of the industrial dispute journalists
have set up a campaigns committee to keep the chapel pro-active and
keep pay and conditions on the agenda.
NUJ father of the chapel David Tilley: “It’s been
settled amicably and we have shown we stand up for what we believe in.
That is that this industry doesn’t pay journalists working in it the
wages they deserve. The long-term process is to get us up to where we
were 10 or 15 years ago.”
The chapel and management are also formalising a system of time-off in lieu.

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