Bradford journalists vote for industrial action

Telegraph & Argus building Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Journalists at the Bradford Telegraph & Argus have opted to follow the lead of their colleagues in York by voting for industrial action in response to a company pay freeze.

On Tuesday NUJ members at Newsquest’s York titles voted for industrial action in the form of a one-hour mandatory chapel meeting after Newsquest (Yorkshire & North East) figures revealed it made a pre-tax profit of £1.87m but journalists were told there would be no pay rise.

“The vote in favour of industrial action by members at Newsquest Bradford is an indication of the anger and frustration felt by journalists who have had their pay frozen for three of the past four years,” said Bradford Father of Chapel Bob Smith.

"The company locally made pre-tax profits of £1.87m last year, while group directors were rewarded with performance-related pay totalling £268,000 at a time when editorial bosses tell us our company is not hitting financial targets,” he added.