Further action likely in pay dispute

By Sarah Lagan

Journalists at the Coventry Evening Telegraph and associated
weeklies have threatened further industrial action after the company
refused to move on its pay offer – 2.75 per cent and bonuses on minimum
wages – following last Friday’s strike.

The new action could take the form of a series of mandatory chapel
meetings to be held at any point between Tuesday and Friday next week.

The NUJ claims 43 out of around 70 journalists across the group were on strike.

Coventry Newspapers spokesman said: “Production of our newspapers was
completely unaffected. Less than half the bargaining unit stayed away
from work and all editions were published as normal. This lack of
support is unsurprising given that only 40 per cent of editorial staff
voted in favour of strike action. The company has already improved its
offer several times and will not be reviewing its decision.”

regional organiser Miles Barter said: “If Trinity thinks having half of
its staff out on strike is a sign of good industrial relations they
need to think again.”

The chapel at Newsquest’s Southern Daily Echo has voted not to strike over proposals to cut eight editorial jobs.

MoC Sally Churchward said: “We are glad that no one was made compulsorily redundant.”

The Oxford Mail NUJ chapel has accepted a three per cent pay offer.

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