Richard Desmond and co. finally agree to cough up
Reporters at the Daily Express will receive a pay rise after eight years, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
A statement by the journalists’ union today said the paper confirmed the raise after a meeting with Express bosses on Tuesday.
The long-delayed offer means a two per cent raise for all staff earning less than £60,000, an extra £1,200 for anyone earning above that, and a two per cent fise for casual workers on shifts of up to £153.
The pay increase will be backdated to January 2017.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
“After eight years of pay freezes at Express Newspapers this offer is a welcome result of our pay negotiations, and testament to the hard work put in by our FoC [Father of Union Chapel] Richard Palmer.
Our chapel will discuss the offer when they meet and we hope this marks the start of an improvement in industrial relations at the group.”
Billionaire proprietor and UKIP donor Richard Desmond had failed to deliver a pay increase for staff despite the Express tripling profits to £30.5 million in 2015.
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