Gannett Newsquest Lancashire And The Industrial Dispute At The Bury Times And Bolton Evening News
That this House notes that Gannet, the US parent company of Newsquest Lancashire, recently announced global profits for 2002 of 1.1 billion dollars; further notes that Newsquest Lancashire has announced pre-tax profits for 2001 of Ãº5.3 million, including a reduction in staffing costs of Ãº507,000; regrets that starting salaries for graduate trainee journalists at the Bury Times and Bolton Evening News range from only Ãº10,800 to Ãº12,000 and for senior journalists from Ãº14,000 to Ãº15,390; believes that these are among the lowest in the United Kingdom; and calls on the management of Newsquest Lancashire to engage in constructive dialogue and further negotiations with the National Union of Journalists to achieve an improvement on the current 2 per cent. pay offer.
This motion has been signed by a total of 33 MPs.
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