Coventry not out
Members at Trinity Mirror titles in Coventry were due to have struck over low pay on 9 July. Please check www.londonfreelance.org for updates and sent messages of support: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's over pay. There are qualified seniors on weekly titles who earn less than £13,000.
There was a 66 percent vote for a strike in the ballot and a unanimous vote to go ahead at a chapel meeting.
It's the culmination of a complicated dispute that has gone on for three years, in which the company has refused to negotiate because they say the union is not recognised - although in 2001 the union had a certificate from ACAS confirming membership levels at over 50 per cent.
ACAS has just done a fresh membership check that should put an end to these wrangles over procedure and result in an agreement. But even then managers are refusing to discuss present pay levels and will only negotiate next year's pay review.
For the last three years the NUJ has put in pay claims that managers have simply ignored, imposing their own meagre rises each January 1. But the journalists are determined to win decent pay levels now.
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The Johnston Press titles in and near Blackpool that struck on 11 June voted two days later to accept the company's offer.