Newspaper journalists postpone strikes to vote on new pay offer

More than 1,100 journalists employed by news publisher Reach are taking action.

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Scottish newspaper journalists have postponed planned strikes to conduct a ballot over a new pay offer.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) working for publisher Reach – which owns titles including the Daily Record, Sunday Mail, and the Scottish Daily Express – were set to strike for three days next week.

Following a new pay offer submitted by the company, NUJ’s Reach group chapel decided on Friday that members should be balloted.

It comes after a concerted effort by members to secure better packages by staging a walk-out on August 31.

The action is understood to involve more than 1,100 journalists in what has been billed as the “most significant industrial action held at a newspaper group in decades” by union leaders.

NUJ members previously rejected an offer of a 3% pay increase with a minimum of £750.

The union’s members will undertake an online consultative ballot of members to gain views on whether the reporters decide to accept the proposed deal.

The ballot will open on September 14 and close at noon on September 23.