NUJ says Newsquest staff willing to strike should they not be offered a payrise this year
The NUJ has announced that newspaper publisher Newsquest faces strike action should they not offer staff a pay rise this year.
Following a ballot to Newsquest staff, the NUJ has said that more than eight out of 10 of its members working for the publisher have indicated their willingness to strike should they not receive a pay rise this year, despite Newsquest having no official pay freeze in place.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "I hope the result of this ballot will make the Newsquest management think twice before using the usual excuses for not rewarding the hard work of their hard-pressed staff. A recent NUJ conference highlighted how the greed of newspaper proprietors is sounding the death knell for local and regional journalism. "
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, added: "Our members have also delivered a thumbs-down on the barren and grim years of Gannett's ownership of newspapers and associated websites in the UK. They clearly have lost all confidence in the stewardship of distant American bosses who continue to rake in telephone number salaries and bonuses while editorial staffing is stripped to the bone."