JOURNALISTS at the Telegraph papers
have voted by 120:25 for the principle of strike action over pay.
Management have offered 3 per cent, but after two years of pay freeze
the journalists are asking for 8 per cent.
Please watch for announcements of any action the Chapel decided to
The Telegraph staff won a collective agreement without
resorting to strikes.
Meanwhile, more than 2000 journalists working for the Tageszeitung
group in Germany began a strike on 29 January. Management has demanded:
More (auf Deutsch, natürlich) at www.djv.de.
- a two-year freeze on salaries and fees;
- a cut in the payments all journalists (including staff) receive
to licence re-use of their work;
- a reduction in paid holidays; and
- lengthening the working week.
Update 26/02/2004 from firstname.lastname@example.org:
Some 14,000 journalists in German newspapers can expect a 1.3 per cent
increase in their salaries on 1 June 2004. The deal was reached after
over 17-hour-long negotiations on Wednesday morning in Berlin. The
federal association of German newspaper publishers (BDZV), the German
journalists association (DJV) and the ver.di trade union also agreed on
a cut in holiday pay from the current 100 to 80 per cent of the gross
salary, as well as a decrease in the length of holidays. The agreement
came only in the eighth round of the negotiations, which have thus
earned the status of longest wage negotiations for journalists in
decades. The ver.di trade union has already advised its members to
accept the agreement, while the publishers also found it "acceptable".
And in France, journalists at Radio France resumed strike action on
27 January. There's a weblog of the joint action action by six unions
As always, those on strike would much appreciate it if freelances
asked to cover at or contribute to any of these titles found that they
Update 17/02/2004: the strike at Radio France ended today.
Translating freely: "We needed forceps to get an agreement out of them. But we