Newsquest/Gannett strikes get two per cent payoff

Journalists at the Southern Echo have called their three-day strike action a “success” after publisher Newsquest/Gannett gave in and offered staff a two per cent pay rise, despite management indicating that there would be no pay rise in 2011.

National Union of Journalist members – who make up 75 per cent of the editorial workforce at the Southern Echo, according to the Guardian – took part in a three-day strike to protest Newsquest’s pay-freeze, which was instated in 2008.

Other Newsquest titles are now expected to see the same offer shortly, including the Brighton Argus, which has already staged three 48-hour strikes in protest of pay conditions.

(Source: The Guardian)

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