Low pay campaign

This page indexes information on some of the disputes that NUJ members are involved in - especially those over ridiculously low pay in local & regional media. For other details, see www.nuj.org.uk

Past disputes

As an example of why members are in dispute: On the pre-strike pay scales at Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers, trainee journalists at the company started on as little as £10,486 per annum. The maximum anyone below a deputy editor could earn was £17,692. The situation is still as bad or worse in many other local newspaper groups.

According to research published in the Guardian in June 2001, the average starting salary for graduates in the traditionally low-paid retail and catering sectors is £17,000. Hence: "Do you want fries with that story?"

Fries with that story...
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