JOURNALISTS working for one of Britain’s biggest regional newspaper publishers launched a campaign yesterday against pay freezes, growing workloads and stress.
Edinburgh-based Johnston Press (JP) owns more than 200 daily and weekly newspaper titles which include the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post and Sheffield Star. The firm also owns the i newspaper and The Scotsman.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said that understaffing is hitting the quality of JP’s newspapers. Johnston Press NUJ Group Chapel, which involves union delegates from newspapers across the group, said there was “widespread discontent” among the company’s journalists whose pay has been frozen and workloads increased, leaving many workers unable to take leave or time owed.
This is despite revenue generated per employee rising from £85,246 in 2015 to £89,294 in 2016, the union argued.
NUJ chapels in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Preston, Blackpool, Leeds and Mansfield are among those calling for pay talks and an urgent review of staffing levels.