Guardian demons

THE GUARDIAN seems to have acquired some demons. First, to kick off annual negotiations on the house agreement, managers announced that it wants a freeze on rates for people doing subbing shifts.

Second, photographers report a new contract circulating, which seeks an unlimited licence to use pictures, and exclusivity - which means photographers would be unable to licence pics elsewhere.

Management want to make things worse for staff in several ways, too, including scrapping the no-compulsory-redundancies clause and changing work patterns so that many would end up doing extra work for no extra pay at all. On 21 June the Guardian chapel (the NUJ organisation in the office) voted overwhelmingly to reject management's offer. The motion specifically rejected the freelance/casual freeze.

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