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Journalists on all-out strike
LOW-PAID journalists at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, part of the Trinity Mirror Group, are now on indefinite strike over low pay. (See the last issue of the socialist). They have now been out for over two weeks.
All the picket lines are lively and well-attended with passers-by being lobbied about the situation. The dispute highlights low pay in a city that once led the way in fighting for decent pay with the securing of the Coventry toolroom rate. With the decline of manufacturing all that is unravelling.
This dispute comes at the same time as the Single Status dispute with council staff facing huge pay cuts. As one Labour councillor said some time ago: "We don't have to compete with the car industry anymore." This is obviously not lost on the Evening Telegraph bosses.
Journalists had a lively march through the city centre with around 30 on it. It is now vital that this dispute links with similar disputes in Sheffield and London and that it spreads to ensure that Coventry workers are not isolated. It is also vital that workers at the printing presses where these papers are printed are lobbied.
The all-out decision was a bold step and needs to be sustained and built on. Coventry strikers, assisted by the Socialist Party, are now starting to raise cash through other trade unions and collections at workplaces and across the city. With solidarity from other workers, not only can these predominantly young workers win, they can also be an example to other workers fighting low pay across Coventry and beyond.
In The Socialist 11 August 2005: