Express arrives

THE NUJ has negotiated its first minimum terms agreement for contributors to a national newspaper since the breakthrough Guardian deal of 1999.

After two years of trying by freelance organiser John Toner, Express Newspapers finally accepted that an agreed minimum rate would not be problematic for them The agreed rate is £250 and will be paid to bona fide freelance journalists contributing to the English editions. This rate will now be included in the NUJ's annual negotiations with the company.

This rate will apply to journalists who are new contributors. Those currently being paid higher rates will not be affected.

Said Toner: "It is heartening that the company finally accepted our arguments, and I am very grateful to the NUJ Chapel for helping set up the meetings. There are no strings attached to this deal. Other nationals please take note."

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