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Six days of strikes planned

Journalists at Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers (North) have announced six dates when they plan to strike against low pay.

NUJ members were not satisfied with this year’s original pay offer of 1.7 per cent and they are the ones set to strike.

After talks with the union, the company offered a 2.5 per cent increase.

According to NUJ figures, trainee journalists at GMWN (North) earn £10,500.

Now the union membership has announced three two-day strikes affecting the group’s 12 newspapers.

Miles Barter, spokesman for the NUJ Rochdale Chapel said: “This has dragged on for months. Our trainees are actually increasing debts from university.”

The strikes will take place on April 16 and 17 – as Tuesdays and Wednesdays are deadlines throughout the group – and on the same days for the following two weeks.

More could be held if the company does not does not agree to the chapel’s demand of 7.5 per cent for this year.

A statement from the company on the matter was expected today.

Papers affected include the Rochdale Observer, Heywood Advertiser, Middleton & North Manchester Guardian, Rossendale Free Press, Accrington Observer, Oldham Advertiser, Rochdale Express, Moston, Middleton & Blackley Express, Salford Advertiser, Prestwich Advertiser, Asian News and Car Search.

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