MEN industrial action called off

The Manchester Evening News chapel called off its plans for industrial action after the Guardian Media Group agreed to pay dinner payments for late-shift workers.

Those working until 9pm will now be awarded £20, anyone working until 11pm will receive £25 and any journalist who works more than 80 late shifts in a year will receive £5 extra on each shift. Prior to the agreement, some journalists could have found themselves working up to 100 late shifts in a year.

Just three days before the declaration of the chapel's ballot, the company also agreed that, where possible, volunteers would be used to work late and those employees who may find it difficult to work night shifts will be looked upon favourably. Journalists who had been working the late shifts out of "goodwill" are to be back-paid

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