Journalists at Newsquest York have voted to take five days of strike action after rejecting a three per cent pay offer.
The action, planned from Thursday 22 May to Monday 26 May, will affect titles including daily paper The Press and the weekly Gazette & Herald.
According to the NUJ , the decision to hold a four-day walk out was taken after eight months of negotiations failed to reach a deal on pay. The union complained today of increased workloads and under-staffing at the York office. Of a possible 34, 26 NUJ members voted in favour of the strike.
Press Gazette understands that an additional 0.5 per cent pay offer was part of the deal – to be given at the editor’s discretion.
NUJ father of chapel Sam Southgate said: ‘NUJ members at Newsquest York are frustrated and infuriated in equal measure. This dispute is a result of management intransigence getting in the way of securing a reasonable deal.
‘We’ve been patient throughout eight months of negotiations and have put forward a number of proposals to solve the dispute. We offered to bring in NUJ national officials and suggested going to ACAS for arbitration. At every turn we have been rebuffed and management is refusing to budge.
‘Newsquest still has time to avoid this dispute by returning to the table for genuine and meaningful negotiations.
‘Journalists at The Press and the Gazette & Herald want to get on with reporting news to the local community. It’s a real shame that management’s failure to move on pay has forced them into taking this action.”
Press editor Kevin Booth and managing director Steve Hughes were unavailable for comment this morning.