Argus journalists start second strike

Posted On 07 Dec 2010 at 1:24 pm

Journalists at The Argus have started their second two-day strike within a month.

The strike is over the loss of six sub-editors’ jobs at Hollingbury and a three-year pay freeze.

Those on strike belong to the National Union of Journalists and have set up a blog about their dispute with the Newsquest, which owns The Argus.

The company blamed the job cuts and pay freeze on difficult financial conditions.

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But the pay freeze has coincided with the Newsquest chief executive, Paul Davidson, enjoying a £100,000-a-year pay rise, taking his salary to more than £600,000.

And the job cuts are being made even though the finance director of Newsquest’s American parent company Gannett, Gracia Martore, said that Newsquest was making healthy profits.

The loss of the six news subs means that much of Brighton and Hove’s daily newspaper will be produced in Southampton, although staff there are also on strike today and tomorrow.

The Argus has been printed in Southampton since last year when Newsquest closed the press at its premises in Hollingbury and made 20 starff redundant.

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