Employees at national and regional publisher Reach have voted to go on strike this month over a pay dispute.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) balloted 1093 members at Reach on 12 August about industrial action, with a turnout of 70% achieved. 79% voted in favour of strike action and 88% in favour of action short of a strike.
Journalists at The Daily Mirror, The Daily Express, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, and many other regional titles will stop work for four days over the next month after turning down Reach’s offer of a 3% pay rise, arguing it is not enough to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.
Chris Morley, NUJ Reach national coordinator, said: “Our members have delivered a powerful message to Reach chiefs with the results today of this landmark ballot.
“It is unprecedented in the company’s history that more than 1,000 of its journalists have been mandated to take strike action and other industrial action. The fact that such a strong outcome has been achieved in the face of significant postal issues and in the peak holiday season should tell the company how determined our members are to achieve a better deal on their pay.”
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