Echo Staff in Strike Threat

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Staff working on popular local newspapers ‘The Daily Echo’ and ‘Hampshire Chronicle’ have voted an overwhelming 95% in favour of taking industrial action over a two year pay freeze.

The journalists are employed by news publisher ‘Newsquest’ which has a monopoly of local titles including the Echo, Hampshire Chronicle and weekly freebie ‘News Extra’ – it also publishes ‘Eastleigh Borough News’ on behalf of the council.

Although its owners admit that even despite the recession, Newsquest still “makes a lot of money’ it is trying to extend a two year pay freeze and close its pension scheme while at the same time shedding workers.

Gracia Martore, financial director at the company’s US parent, Gannett, boasted last Friday

“Let me once and for all dispel the myth that Newsquest doesn’t make money. Newsquest makes a lot of money… they have consistently made money throughout the years, even in a year like last year when revenues were under as much pressure as they were.”

The National Union of Journalists is calling on Newsquest management to “fairly reward dedicated and hard-working staff” adding that while the company directors awarded themselves a 21.5% pay rise last year, pay freezes combined with an increase in the cost of living means that staff at Newsquest have led to “a pay cut in real terms”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary said:

“Newsquest’s continuing attacks on its own journalists combined with greed in the boardroom have been truly exposed. The business remains profitable but consistently fails to fairly reward staff.

It is not acceptable for the company to continue attacking pay and conditions and treat the workforce with such contempt.

Our members have simply had enough and this has been shown in the ballot result.”

No one at Newsquest’s Echo office in Eastleigh was available for comment today but a local news blogger, 53 who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily saying.

“It was recently reported that one of Newsquest’s directors, Roger Green derided local news start-ups as ‘zero-revenue publishers’. Now we see how Newsquest rewards the professionals who create massive revenue for them – by paying them peanuts and closing their pensions.

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  8 comments for “Echo Staff in Strike Threat

  1. October 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    isnt it run by kids that dont know how to use a spell check anyway?

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    isnt it run by kids that dont know how to use a spell check anyway?  

    Is it possible to run a newspaper with work experience and interns only?

    We may soon find out.

  3. Kevin Hayes
    October 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    No news is good news

  4. PETER STEWART
    October 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    This story is an excellent microcosm of GLOBALIST greed which has been RUINING most of the western economies, particularly Britain and the US (since 1973). Globalist fat cats are clambering over the masses to get to the top of the unholy pile. The increasing numbers of those who fall at the bottom of the pile are used as nothing more than soft stepping stones by the fat cats who will do anything to fatten themselves even more at the top of the pile. This is unrestrained capitalism (globalism). It will end in popular revolt! I wish the journalists at the Echo and Chronicle all the best in the face of a callous adversary.

  5. davo
    October 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    they sent a lot of there office jobs to india and sacked all there van drivers when they went from evening paper to morning paper whhen it was evening paper you could read what happend in the day but now its a morning paper you are reading about what happend yesterday. i already seen all that on tv.
    echo gone downhill since newsqurst took over imo

  6. Peter stewart
    October 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    they sent a lot of there office jobs to india and sacked all there van drivers when they went from evening paper to morning paper whhen it was evening paper you could read what happend in the day but now its a morning paper you are reading about what happend yesterday. i already seen all that on tv.echo gone downhill since newsqurst took over imo  (Quote)

    Good point Davo. I had not realized that. Another illustration of how foreign take overs are bad news for British workers. And with the latest news that 2.4 million EU workers are now working in Britain and that 100,000 of our public service workers are about to lose their jobs, well, I’m speechless!

    • Peter stewart
      October 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Actually I am NOT speechless. I have lots to say on this! I think it’s bl00dy disgusting that due to our open EU borders policy with Europe, we have lost 2.4 million of our jobs to EU workers. Now they say 100,000 of our public service employees are to lose their jobs. What great news that is just before Christmas. Seems to me what we should now do is repatriate 100,000 EU workers to make jobs available for our own workers. Sorry, this is not a race thing. But whose country is this anyway?

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        October 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

        Well, there are an awful lot of overseas workers in the Public Sector, you will find many of them in the lowest paid and most menial jobs in education, health and social care.I’m sure many of them will be losing their jobs too.
        It’s estimated up to 250,000 Brits a year leave these shores to work abroad – if they all get repatriated we could be trouble!
        It’s amazing how many UK NHS staff emigrate every year and teachng staff too. Both my daughters lost their class teacher in the same academic year – one went to Abu Dhabi the other to Shanghai.
        The attraction is of course -Tax free money.
        Having been educated and trained at the tax payers expense they clear off at the earliest opportunity to avoid having to pay for some elses kids enjoy the same. I’d rather have someone who wants to live and work here and pay taxes – I don’t care where they are from…

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