Wakefield dispute settled
Thanks to everyone who sent messages and money to the Wakefield-based
Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group journalists who voted to strike over low
pay. That dispute has now been resolved.
The firm's original offer was a £300 per annum rise for everyone.
After protracted negotiations, an 85 percent strike vote, and the threat
of action the total package is now:
- a rise of £1,200 equal to 11.98 per cent for trainees, and a promise of at least six percent for juniors next year;
- a rise of 2.5 percent - at least £385 - on all the senior bandings;
- an extra banding for seniors so the ten year rate is now paid after seven years, the
15 year rate is paid after ten years, and there is a new 15 year rate - that
means rises of around three percent and over £500pa for the longest serving
- a 50p rise in all meal allowances with a promise of 50p more next year;
- a one-off payment of £200 to photographers to cover wear and tear on cars;
- a promise to lobby management in Edinburgh for an increase in the mileage rate across the group.
The graduate starting rate is now
£11,760, the newly qualified senior rate is £15,685, and the basic rate for
a senior with 15 years service is £17,591. Congratulations to: