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Local journalists strike in York

Local newspaper journalists go on 5 day strike in York over below-inflation pay rises.

NUJ journalists at local newspapers The York Press and The Gazette and Herald of Malton have begun a 5-day walk-out over below inflation pay rises and continually worsening pay conditions. The strikers are demanding a 3.5% pay increase, in line with the offers made to journalists at other UK local newspapers owned by the same company, US media giant Gannet.

Strike threat over Reuters redundancies

NUJ members at Thompson and Reuters say they are ready to take industrial action over the way managers go about the job cuts if all voluntary routes available are not explored.

140 journalists, mostly from UK offices, will be among 835 people made redundant following the merger of Thompsons and the news agency Reuters. Around 700 jobs are also set to go in technical support and sales by the end of the year.

Politics Without Parties - The future of trade unionism?

The following report is from the National Union of Journalists Annual Delegate Conference fringe meeting 'Politics without parties - the future of trade unionism'.

The meeting took place on Thursday 3rd of April 2008 in the Ulster Peoples College in Belfast and was addressed by Donnacha DeLong (NUJ National Executive Council New Media Rep) Jason Brannigan (Organise!) and Chekov Feeney (WSM).

Greece heading towards general strike

Workers during last general strike in December

Greek workers are set to go on general strike tomorrow (Wednesday 19th March) in protest of the government's planned pension reforms.

The government's reforms would mean the merging of pension funds and increasing the pension age for some workers. The government, however, has not made public any details on the size of savings that will accrue from the reforms. The trade unions have also argued that the current pension system could survive if bosses were made to pay their contributions.

Wapping print works to close

The Wapping print works which was notoriously used to break the print workers' organisation is to close, with two-thirds of staff set to lose their jobs.

Around 400 jobs are expected to go when Wapping closes, with jobs across the industry potentially threatened as the Murdoch press looks to aggressively expand into the contract print market.

Investigative journalists face harassment in Mexico

Juan Trujillo Limones (a La Jornada and Ojarasca contributor) and Raúl Romero Gallardo, reporters for the Narco News electronic bulletin, have been subjected to spying and unlawful entry into their Mexico City apartment.

The journalists, who have been heavily involved in covering the activities of regional independent indigenous movements, saw two break-ins to their homes at the end of last month and the beginning of February.

Greece: general strike by public service workers

Public service workers in Greece have gone on strike, for the second time in two months, to defend their pensions.

The strikes have virtually paralysed the country as workers nation-wide seek to defend their pensions and protest against a government that has broken its promises.

France: strikes in state television and radio

Strikes by workers in the state media saw many programmes cancelled.

The planned strike at France Télévisions against 'reforms' was successful. At France 3, seems to be targeted for privatisation as it is supposedly too critical of the current government 56% of all employees joined the strike, rising to 60% in regioal centres.