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International Federation of Journalists welcomes 'first strike' in digital-born media

Staff at New York digital magazine voted to walk out on Monday

THE International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomed “the very first strike among workers’ unions in the digital-born media industry” today.

Journalists at the Thrillist, a New York-based food and culture digital magazine, voted to strike on Monday to demand a living wage following “a year of frustrating contract negotiations” with Thrillist owner Group Nine Media.

The editorial staff formed a union in February and say the company has since waged a campaign against organised labour, but 80 per cent of staff joined and union members voted 91 per cent for a strike this week at the New York offices of the Writers Guild of America East.

IFJ president Philippe Leruth said: “It is encouraging to see union members in the digital-born media taking a step forward, putting real pressure on the company’s management to support ongoing negotiations.

“Digital media workers need a common voice and strong unions.”

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