Independent journalists to strike on Budget Day
NUJ members at The Independent/Independent on Sunday are to strike on Budget Day (22 March) in a dispute over pay.
Journalists voted for strike action after the breakdown of pay talks and the failure of the company to improve its 2.5% offer and confirmed plans for a strike next week at a packed union meeting earlier today.
The strike will run from 01.00 until 23.59 and is expected to disrupt production of the following day's newspaper.
NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear said: "Senior managers at Independent Newspapers tell the City how well they are doing and tell the public of the success of the new paper - yet they tell staff they cannot afford to increase their pay offer.
"By voting for strike action journalists have made it clear they will not sit back and accept crumbs from the table whilst senior management are handsomely rewarded through generous bonuses or inflation-busting pay rises.
"If the papers are a success it is in large part down to the hard work and professionalism of the editorial staff and it is time their contribution was recognised."
Jeremy Dear said: "We remain committed to trying to find a negotiated solution to this dispute but prepared to strike should the company fail to address very real concerns about pay at the titles"
For more information contact Jeremy Dear