NUJ demands pay rise at Newsquest

The National Union of Journalists is demanding Newsquest, the second biggest regional publisher, ends its pay freeze and increase employees’ wages by at least five per cent.

Newsquest staff have worked for more than two years without a pay rise, after a pay freeze was introduced in 2008.

The NUJ has submitted a pay claim to Newsquest management demanding a wage increase of five to eight per cent.

Bob Smith, father of the NUJ’s Newsquest chapel, claimed the company’s attitude will breed “higher levels of staff turnover, absenteeism, resentment and demoralisation”.

“It’s simply not acceptable for Newsquest to pay out big money to the people at the top and expect the rest of the staff to tighten their belts year after year.”

Although Newsquest has reported tumbling advertising revenues over recent years, owner Gannet announced a 35 per cent rise in net profit this July.

(Source: Press Gazette)

This article appears in issue 254 of Media Digest.

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