Yorkshire journalists' dispute
29 Jan 2002
Following a visit by National Union of Journalists outgoing General
Secretary John Foster, the dispute at Newsquest titles in West Yorkshire
was settled. The agreement gives significant increases to the lowest-paid.
24 January 2002
The Newsquest dispute is settled
NUJ members at Newsquest Bradford have called off their strike action and
accepted a company offer, which gives increased pay rises, to everyone
earning less than £20,000.
The company agreed to a minimum increase of £500. This means a rise of
3.2 percent for weekly reporters earning £15,500 or 2.9 percent for evening
paper reporters earning £17,500.
The minimum starting rate has risen by £1,500 - an increase of 14.2
percent for the lowest paid.
The minimum rate for seniors on the weeklies has gone up by at least
£1,000 - 7.1 percent.
The newly agreed minimum rates are minimum rates are: for trainees on the
weeklies £12,000; for trainees on the evening £13,680; newly qualified
seniors on the weeklies £15,000; newly qualified seniors on the evening
paper £17,100; weekly reporters/subs who have been a senior for a year
£15,350; evening reporters/subs who have been a senior for a year £17,500;
weekly paper "desk heads" with more than two people reporting to them
£16,000; evening paper senior reporters/subs with specialist responsibility
£19,000; evening paper seniors who deputise for managers, like the deputy
chief sub etc; £19,500.
A number of people receive rises of more than £500 to reach their
position on the scale. One person I have spoken to should get a rise of
Everyone earning over £20,000 receives a 2.5 per cent rise.
It is difficult to work out what percentage the rise is overall. In the
Keighley News office - where we have the highest percentage of NUJ members,
we calculate the average rise to be 3.41% for our members, ranging from 2.5%
for highest paid staff to 5.88% for the lowest-paid trainee.
This is probably the best settlement in local papers in England and Wales
so far this year. It took a half-day strike by about 50 percent of the
journalists. Makes you think.
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NUJ members on Newsquest's Bolton-based titles, part of the same division
as Bradford, have also rejected a 2.5 percent pay offer. The management have
promised to try to replicate the Bradford offer. The chapel awaits
Newsquest's York division - where the NUJ is not yet recognised - has
responded to union lobbying over pay and increased the basic senior rate by
a £1,000 to £17,000. A proper pay structure has been unveiled for the first
time since derecognition, including rates for two-year and five-year seniors
- something which bosses in Bradford wouldn't agree to.
The chapel at the Daily Express have this afternoon voted
for a ballot for industrial action over pay after an offer of 1.8 percent.
The NUJ chapel at the North West Evening Mail in Barrow
have rejected an offer of 2.7 percent.
Membership is growing at Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers (North) in
response to a campaign over wages and conditions.
A recruitment and recognition campaign has been launched at Ananova - an
online publisher in Leeds.