Lancashire strike won
THE dispute with Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers (North). After two two-day strikes, journalists were so incensed at the company refusing to talk to them without pre-conditions that they voted to strike for seven more days - from Tuesday 30 April to Wednesday 8 May inclusive. The company settled on the Tuesday. It is owned by the Guardian Media Group and publishes papers in Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood, Rossendale, Accrington, Oldham and Salford.
The new starting rate for trainees is £13,060 - a rise of 24.5 per cent on the previous minimum, and a rise of more than 8 per cent on the previous rate for graduates with pre-entry qualifications. That's still much less, though, than a trainee McBurger flipper manager, who gets over £17k. A new senior grade will be introduced, however, taking the maximum wage for people below the rank of deputy editor to over £19,000 - a rise on the maximum of 7.4 per cent. The payments will be backdated to January 1.
On 17 April, the first strike day, members of the union distributed nearly 500 leaflets about the dispute at the Guardian offices in Farringdon Road. The strikers thank LFB Branch Secretary Molly Cooper for her work organising this.