More industrial action at Emap

NUJ members at Emap have stepped up their plans for industrial action over pay on the company’s healthcare titles, Nursing Times and Health Service Journal, writes Ruth Addicott.

The union claims some individuals are being put under pressure to ensure the magazines production and pagination is not affected by the action.

Following a unanimous vote at Emap on Monday, NUJ members decided to call three more days of mandatory meetings.

They have also moved the strike planned for 31 October to 7 November so that NT is hit by two days of action in its weekly production cycle.

The action aims to hit the press days of both the NT and HSJ. In March the NUJ put in a pay claim for 8 per cent but Emap returned with an offer of three per cent, offering a 3.5 per cent increase just to those on the minimum grade (£21,000).

An NUJ spokesperson last week predicted the editorial offices would be like a “ghost town”.

Emap Healthcare managing director Nick Morgan said the action put journalists who were not NUJ members or had voted against the move, in a “very difficult position”, claiming 3 per cent was “fair” and in line with other pay increases across the board.

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