Bullivant Media Limited journalists started their third day of strike action yesterday (1 September).
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said they are on strike over pay, working practices and compulsory redundancies at the company. The NUJ chapel at Bullivant Media includes all 18 members of the editorial team.
The company runs weekly free newspapers and websites with titles including the Coventry Observer, Leamington Observer, Rugby Observer, Stratford Observer, Solihull Observer, Redditch Standard, Bromsgrove Standard, Worcester Observer and Evesham Observer.
The Bullivant Media NUJ chapel said: “We have entered our third day of strike action united and more determined than ever to stand up for journalists and journalism.
“Apparent attempts by the company to weaken our resolve will only backfire; the job adverts in the newspapers last week have prompted more support for our strike. The company used the front page on some of its print editions to advertise for temporary cover.”
They added: “The company also threatened to dock the pay of furloughed workers who are supporting the strike.
“Our chapel will organise more strike days if the company remains intransigent. Our demands remain the same and are reasonable – we want to be paid what we are owed each month; we want to be consulted on restructuring plans; we want the company to avoid compulsory redundancies; and we want the editorial department to have responsibility for editorial output.”