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Over 300 journalists walk out at newspapers owned by National World

MORE than 300 journalists employed at regional newspapers owned by publisher National World walked out for 24 hours today on the second of three one-day strikes over pay and job losses.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said messages of support had flooded in from journalists across the UK and overseas, including Australia.

Journalists are taking action against the imposition of a 4.5 per cent pay rise.

One message from journalists at the Press Association news agency said: “It is shameful that some National World staff have to take on second jobs or consider leaving the business because they cannot afford to stay in their roles.”

NUJ national organiser Laura Davison said: “We know National World can afford to revise its pay package for staff, ensuring journalists can afford to remain at the jobs they rightly take pride in.” 

National World owns more 100 newspaper titles including The Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, Belfast News Letter, Sunderland Echo, Lancashire Post, Sheffield Star, Northampton Chronicle and The News in Portsmouth.

The journalists will strike again on Monday.


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