Hundreds of journalists at newspapers including The Mirror, Express, and Daily Record are on strike to demand better pay.
The industrial action is thought to be the largest strike to hit the UK newspaper industry in decades, with at least 10 picket lines outside newsrooms across the UK.
The workers are employed by Reach PLC, one of Britain’s biggest newspaper groups that also publishes 240 regional papers including the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Bristol Post and Birmingham Mail.
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The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is urging Reach to improve its pay offer of “3 per cent or £750”, after members voted to reject the deal and walk out.
Calling Reach a “highly profitable company which made £143million last year” and with cash reserves of £65m and salaries of top CEOs in the millions, the NUJ argues the publisher can afford to pay its journalists better wages.
Reporters at Reach say they have spent months reporting on how the cost of living crisis is pushing thousands of Brits into poverty, but many are struggling to pay their own bills. Starting salaries for a junior reporters at Reach can be as low as £18,000, the Guardian reports, which is little over the national minimum wage for someone over 23, despite requiring lengthy formal training.