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The National Union of Journalists has secured union recognition at the News Shopper Series – a group of weekly newspapers in Kent and South London – after 90% of journalists voted “yes” in aballot (27 votes to three).

The NUJ now has the right to negotiate pay, hours and holidays for all journalists and rights of representation.

Trainees have been given a pay rise from £10,500 to £12,000.

At the South London Press and Mercury Series – part of Trinity Mirror group – the NUJ is considering a new terms and conditions agreement with the company following recent talks. A new pay structure has been introduced with trainees receiving £12-£14,000, reporters/photographers £16,500, Chief reporters, newsdesk, feature writers, sports editor etc. £17,500-21,000 and news editors, production editors etc. £21,000 plus.

At the Dorset Echo, Weymouth, a ballot for recognition of the NUJ is set to take place on August 30.

The Birmingham Post and Mail NUJ, along with other media unions GPMU and AEEU, have negotiated a recognition and representation agreement which is expected to be ratified in the next fortnight.

  • For more details about the NUJ, see their entry in our “Contacts” section which is on the drop down menu from “Day-to-Day” on the left hand side of our home page.

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