NUJ members employed by Newsquest take action over pay and redundancies

NUJ members on strike at the News Shopper, June 2015 © NUJ

NUJ members on strike at the News Shopper, June 2015 © NUJ

Journalists at the News Shopper titles in London today begin their second of two days’ strike action over pay.

They join fellow NUJ members at Newsquest who are taking twelve days action at titles in south and southeast London.

Managers had earlier agreed at ACAS to pay staff the Living Wage, but these negotiations were scuppered on Friday, when managers said all talks would have to start from scratch.


A spokesperson for the News Shopper chapel said: “If management were trying to scare us, then it has backfired. We are even more determined to take action. The fact that we have to go on strike to get a London Living Wage for some of our colleagues and an office to work in is incredible.”

Messages have continued to pour in from local MPs, councillors and fellow trade unionists.  The News Guild-CWA in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico sent a statement from Bernie Lunzer, News Guild president, saying:”What these journalists are fighting for, we are all fighting for. Our members face exactly this kind of greed and arrogance from Gannett and  other corporate media owners.

“They reward top executives with fat salaries and bonuses but plead poverty when it comes to raises for employees, even though they are working harder  than ever. In the strongest possible terms, the Guild calls upon Newsquest/Gannett to show its employees the respect they deserve by paying them fair wages, maintaining adequate staffing levels, ending the constant cycle of cuts and reinvesting in its news products.

“The company fails to understand that the disrespect they are showing to their workers is disrespect to their readers, their customers. You simply cannot keep doing more, or even the same amount of work, or the same quality of work, with eviscerated staffs whose  remaining workers are  exhausted, stressed and fearful that their job will be the next one to go.”

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