28 August 2002
Magazines join the pay fight
Please support NUJ members at Emap Healthcare and Public Sector Management
magazines, who will be on strike on Friday 30th August as the pay campaign
The chapel would obviously appreciate it if any freelances asked to
cover at these titles were unavailable. Any freelances who suffer hardship
while being unavailable should get in touch with the chapel: if you have
trouble contacting them, contact the Freelance.
The 37 journalists are fighting for a decent pay rise and a £25,000
minimum rate for qualified/experienced reporters and subs - at the moment
there are huge differentials of as much as £7,000 between staff doing the
same job. Even this rate will not take journalists anywhere near the
London average wage of £34,777 a year.
For four years, the company refused to recognise the union and gave
"rises" that barely scraped the rate of inflation. Over the same period
the cost of living in London has skyrocketed.
Now the NUJ has won recognition, members are determined to make it mean
something in practice. The journalists have rejected a "final" offer of
£500 rise and a £21,000 minimum - an offer that in total is worth less
than 2 per cent of the pay bill. And the company is not poor - Emap
Healthcare/PSM raked in profits of £30m last year.
Any support and solidarity you can give is welcome. Please send messages
of support to Tash Shifrin, MoC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any donations should be made payable to "NUJ Emap Healthcare" and sent to
David Crouch, 6 Muswell Road, London N10 2BH.
Picket lines will be up at the Emap offices in Greater London House,
Hampstead Road, London NW1 7EJ from early morning, with a meeting and
speakers at 10.30am on Friday 30 August. This is just opposite Mornington
Crescent tube and supporters, banners etc are welcome.