Echo strike gets national coverage

The Guardian website carries a piece about the strike action being taken by Daily Echo journalists.

Professor of journalism and former Daily Mirror editor, Roy Greenslade, today uploaded a blog post about the strike at Southampton.

You can read the full entry here, as part of Roy’s column.

As well as Roy, Jon Slattery and Press Gazette have also published articles about the strike and this blog.

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Newsquest strikes round-up

The Daily Echo is not the only NUJ chapel to be fighting for fairness in Newsquest.

Journalists at titles in the north of England have voted for strike action, as well as journalists at the The Argus and in Brighton.

Further to that, journalists in Oxford, York, Bradford, Bolton and Blackburn are also being balloted over strike action.

For more details, see the links below:

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Supporting the strike online

These days, the Daily Echo is far more than just a newspaper. So with so many reading and commenting on the Echo’s website, we want to make it as easy as possible to help protect the future of their paper in digital form, too.

To show your support for the strike, you can:

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Strike leaflets

The Daily Echo strike leaflet

The front of the strike leaflet

On the right, you’ll find the leaflet we have been handing out to members of the public, explaining what we are doing and why.

To read a full size version of the two pages, simply click the images on the right to see the whole page.

It has been designed to make it clear exactly why the union members are taking industrial action, outlining the disparity between how the management of Newsquest treat themselves and the staff who actually produce newspapers like the Southern Daily Echo, despite dwindling staff numbers, pay freezes and ever increasing hours.

Page two of the Daily Echo strike leaflet

Page two of the Daily Echo strike leaflet

The journalists at the Southern Daily Echo are proud to work on a newspaper that represents Southampton and Hampshire, and do their utmost to deliver a paper local people want to read.

However, that is growing increasingly difficult as Newsquest continues to put mammoth profits ahead of readers and staff alike.

Anyone who wishes to leave messages of support are asked to do so to show how important a top quality Daily Echo is to Southampton and Hampshire.

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Welcome to the Echo NUJ website

Daily Echo journalists on strike in Southampton

Daily Echo journalists on strike in Southampton

Here you will find out exactly why members of staff at the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton are out on strike.

Previously, around 75 per cent of the journalists based at the Newsquest offices in Southampton were out on strike in early November. This was due to the Newsquest continuing to impose an ongoing pay freeze on staff – despite making profits of up to £88m and awarding the company’s top boss a 21 per cent pay rise, taking his salary to over £600,000 a year.

Forty reporters, sub-editors, photographers and other NUJ members went on strike for two days. A later planned strike was cancelled with the hope of entering meaningful negotitaions with management.

Sadly, those talks came to nothing so once again the NUJ members will be once again going on strike.

Shortly, we will be uploading the full leaflet we have been handing out, that explains exactly what is going on and why.

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