Morning Star journalists ballot for strike action

Morning Star journalists ballot for strike action

Morning Star journalists could be walking off the job next month in the first ever pay strike at Britain’s “daily paper of the left.”

Sub-editors and reporters at the Morning Star are balloting for industrial action after bosses at the newspaper tore up a commitment to try to close the pay gap with other national journalists, despite receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds in new investment.

The workers at the historic newspaper, which has a solid reputation of strongly backing unions and the labour movement, are demanding fair pay after years of accepting management’s requests for sacrifice.

Last July, after a fire swept through the Morning Star’s newsroom in Bow, east London, the staff worked through their days off to salvage what they could from the devastated building, and set up computers and offices in journalists’ homes to ensure that the paper never missed an edition.

National Union of Journalists workplace rep Steve Mather pointed out that the Morning Star’s journalists had “proved their commitment to the paper time and time again.”

This is the kind of thing leftist anoraks live for.


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