Regional strike off after journos take pay deal

NUJ members at South Yorkshire Newspapers have ended their pay dispute after taking up an offer of talks at a national level with parent company Johnston Press.

Members held 13 days of strike action between 12 July and 2 August, combined with a work to rule from 10 July, after pay negotiations broke down in June.

Chapel members have now voted to accept the original 2006 pay offer of 2.75 per cent, backdated to 1 April, and return to work as normal while talks continue between NUJ representatives and Johnston Press.

NUJ mother of chapel Emma Roots said: “Strike action was a last resort after nine months of meetings in which local management at South Yorkshire Newspapers seemed unable to grasp the depth of frustration over low pay levels.

"We believe we have now made our point and look forward to some more constructive negotiations over next year’s pay award.”

Titles involved in the dispute include: the Doncaster Free Press, Doncaster Advertiser, South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells, Goole Courier, Gainsborough Standard and the Community Newsletter.

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