Yorkshire strike to continue despite resumed talks

NUJ members at South Yorkshire Newspapers have voted to continue their ten-day strike action over pay despite management's decision to resume negotiations over pay.

The chapel had considered calling off the strike as a gesture of good will, but will remain on the picket line until next Thursday.

The Johnston Press-owned company had originally demanded the chapel call off its strikes over pay before negotiations commenced, but chief executive Terry Johnson offered strikers a two-year pay deal.

Journalists agreed to return to work after next Thursday while the new pay deal is being drawn up over the next fortnight, and have also agreed to call off protests on the picketline.

NUJ members at South Yorkshire Newspapers have been in talks over in January to bring their pay in line with other Johnston Press-owned newspapers across the country.

Senior journalists in Doncaster are paid £16,855 while those in Sheffield are paid more than £19,000. The chapel are pushing or a 5 per cent across-the-board pay rise, while management is offering 2.75 per cent.

This year the company offered a further improvement by introducing a five-year senior rate.

The chapel is due to meet again on Tuesday, 1 August.

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