NUJ Brussels members met MEP Richard Corbett (Yorkshire) outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday 19th July 2006, to express their support for Yorkshire journalists striking over low pay rates and insufficient staffing levels.
Members informed Richard Corbett about the abysmal pay rates suffered by staff at South Yorkshire Newspapers, and also about the highly relevant NUJ campaign ‘Journalism Matters’.
NUJ Brussels members and MEP Richard Corbett outside the European Parliament (Richard Corbett is fourth from the right).
South Yorkshire Newspapers
Some 85.7% of NUJ members at Doncaster-based South Yorkshire Newspapers voted to strike after nine months of futile pay talks. Staff were deeply worried about financial cuts which have not only kept salaries low, but have reduced staffing levels to an extent where it is almost impossible to provide a professional news service.
South Yorkshire Newspapers publishes the Doncaster Free Press, with a readership of 113,000. It also publishes the weekly titles: The South Yorkshire Times, The Epworth Bells, The Doncaster Advertiser, The Goole Courier and The Gainsborough Standard, and seven monthly Community Newsletters.
For more info contact NUJ Mother of Chapel Emma Roots on +44 7749 199116 or +44 1777 817448
Journalism Matters campaign
The NUJ is running a major campaign â€“ Journalism Matters â€“ to protect quality journalism and the vital role it plays in our democracy. Savage cutbacks across the media â€“ newspapers, broadcasting, books and magazines â€“ are seriously threatening the quality of journalism and damaging our profession.