Saturday, June 07, 2008

Parliamentary support still growing

Support for our Early Day Motion (EDM) within Parliament is increasing. We now have 17 MPs signed up to the statement in support of the strike. The latest additions are Labour MPs Martin Caton, Jeremy Corbyn, Robert N Wareing, Ronnie Campbell, Harry Cohen, Ann Cryer, Andrew Dismore, David Drew, Neil Gerrard, Katy Clark. Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd has also signed up.

The text of the EDM 1639. If your MP isn't listed, please urge them to sign the EDM by contacting them through
That this House notes with disappointment the below-inflation pay rise offered to journalists at Newsquest York; further notes that Gannett, Newsquest's US parent company, made a profit last year of over $1 billion; is concerned that the journalists at Newsquest York work hard to deliver good quality local news to the community in difficult circumstances of increasing workloads and understaffing; believes that high quality journalism is essential to any democratic society and recognises that poor conditions and inadequate pay threaten this provision; supports the strike action taken by National Union of Journalists members at Newsquest York; and urges the management to enter into meaningful dialogue with staff over pay and conditions.