Support Yorkshire strikers!

NUJ MEMBERS at a series of Bradford-based papers voted before Xmas to take strike action on three days in January. The first of these, on 16 January, was hailed as a success by Regional Organiser Miles Barter, with pickets at the T&A in Bradford and satellite papers and more than 60 messages of support from trades unionists in a dozen countries.

A cheery picket outside the T&A - © Stalingrad O'Neill
A cheery picket outside the T&A on 16 January, with President McLeod (5th from left, with tie). Photo © 2002 Stalingrad O'Neill

The chapel was, at the time of writing, due to strike on 25 January and again on 31 January. Visit www.londonfreelance.org for updates. The chapel would obviously appreciate it if any freelances asked to cover at Newsquest titles were unavailable. Any freelances who suffer hardship while being unavailable, get in touch with the chapel.

Members voted for industrial action following a 2.5% pay offer from Newsquest. That's the owner of the Telegraph & Argus, Keighley News, Ilkley Gazette, Craven Herald and Wharfedale Observer - and an arm of US media giant Gannet.

They were not impressed by a management offer on the eve of the first strike day to raise the minimum for trainees from £10,500 to £12,000 a year - with no movement on the 2.5% for others. They point out that "Trainee managers at McDonalds in the UK on their first day in work, when they know nothing, earn £17,000 pa".

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