Newspaper journalists at major titles owned by Newsquest are being balloted for strikes over pay.
The National Union of Journalists chapels (branches) at Essex County Newspapers in Colchester and Newsquest South East Essex say they have been forced to take action over the company’s failure to negotiate over pay.
The South Essex chapel ballot will close on Tuesday of next week. It represents some 30 journalists.
The Essex County chapel has concluded its ballot. Workers were deciding their next step as Socialist Worker went to press.
If the journalists don’t win, this will be the third year out of the past four when workers have had their pay frozen.
And if management get their way, editorial staff will have to wait until June next year before even being considered for a pay rise.
Meanwhile Newsquest’s bosses are making themselves rich. In 2009 chief executive Paul Davidson’s pay rose by 21.5 percent to £609,000.
Barry Fitzpatrick has been elected deputy general secretary of the NUJ. The NUJ Left supported his candidacy.