Journalists at Newsquest are considering a nationwide strike in the New Year, to protest against a near-three-year pay freeze despite increased wages for company directors.
National Union of Journalists members at the publisher are planning a 48-hour strike between 6 and 7 January, angered by Newsquest’s noncomittal approach to terminating the pay freeze next year.
Several Newsquest regions have already taken to the picket line, or are planning to, including Brighton and Southampton, over the company’s decision to move the production of regional newspapers out of their local areas.
Chris Morley, NUJ organiser of the northern and Midlands areas, told Press Gazette: “Newsquest has done everything it can to stoke fires of discontent in its chapels… all over Newsquest has so many issues causing NUJ members so much grief.
“We have sought to have wide-ranging discussions with Newsquest about these issues but we get stonewalled by [Newsquest chief executive] Paul Davidson as do any media that try to talk to him about these issues.”
(Source: Press Gazette)