NUJ threatens Newsquest strike
The NUJ has threatened strike action against Newsquest.
Newsquest may need to engage in strike negotiations with its employees, as over 80 per cent of National Union of Journalist (NUJ) members who work for the enterprise have said they are willing to take industrial action if they do not receive a pay rise this year.
Gannett, the US owner of the firm, has seen its profits rise by 15 per cent to £82.5 million in the past four years, although Newsquest staff have not had their salaries increased for three of these.
The organisation is the third-largest newspaper group in the UK, with more than 200 publications in its portfolio and a weekly circulation reaching 10 million.
Newsquest has not officially frozen its workers' pay, with most personnel told there will be a review into the situation at the end of March.
Some of the company's employees in Merseyside and Cheshire only earn £14,500 annually and many of its staff have been asked to go on unpaid leave.
"Our members are massively sceptical that the company has the slightest intention of paying any rise at all this year," NUJ northern and midlands organiser Chris Morley said.
Posted by Ken Hayes
Source: NUJ press release, March 22nd