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Strike negotiations for NUJ members?

Strike negotiations might be of assistance for newspaper publisher.

04 January 2011

Strike negotiations might prove useful in dealing with plans for journalists to strike for a third time this week.

National Union of Journalists' (NUJ) members from the Brighton Argus will picket the paper on Thursday (January 4th) and Friday in a continued protest at sub-editorial redundancies and a pay freeze.

In the meantime, production work has been switched to the Southampton office of the paper's publisher Newsquest/Gannett.

A post on the strikers' website is headlined 'Why the Argus needs local subs' and shows a story in which Brighton is spelled Brighten.

One NUJ member said: "What's astonishing is that a local newspaper company doesn't seem to realise how damaging it is to keep shifting jobs out of the local area."

The person added it will no longer be possible to save those jobs but suggested the group was hopeful of securing a pay rise following three years of "a real-terms pay cut".

Strike negotiations may recently have proved useful for GlaxoSmithKline as staff at the company considered whether to take action in protest over a pay freeze at the firm's Ribena factory.  

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