6 May 2004

NUJ members in Belfast strike

Journalists on the Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, and Community Telegraph have rejected a three per cent offer. They start a 48 hour strike over pay on 7 May.

The chapel would obviously appreciate it if any freelances asked to cover at these titles were unavailable. Any freelances who suffer hardship while being unavailable should get in touch and we'll see what can be done.

The average wage of experienced journalists is £21,500 per annum - compared to a UK graduate starting salary of £21,000.

The papers are owned by the Independent News Media group, which owns national papers in Britain and Ireland. The Belfast journalists want to move towards parity with their colleagues in Dublin where the pay is much higher.

The Belfast division made a profit of £21 million last year.

Send messages of support to FoC Bob Miller at rjmiller@btinternet.com

Any simple message helps to boost morale.

Donations to the strike fund should be made payable to Belfast Telegraph NUJ chapel and sent:

c/o NUJ Manchester
Arthur House, Chorlton Street
Manchester, M1 3FH
c/o NUJ Dublin
Liberty Hall
Dublin 1.

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