Reach journalists report taking second jobs to pay bills amid staff strike
More than 1,000 journalists at the UK’s largest newspaper publisher Reach are walking out today after talks fell through over the weekend. Here, Press Gazette talks to some of them to find out why they’re heading to the picket lines.
The strike is primarily about wages, with staff increasingly struggling to make ends meet. A number have had to take second jobs to pay bills. In 2020 at the start of the pandemic, non-furloughed staff took a pay cut, and given inflation rates, staff are currently looking at a real terms pay cut approaching 10%.
It certainly isn’t the case of affordability for the company. Last year, Reach posted a pre-tax profit of £143.5m. Executive pay has also caused anger, with chief exec Jim Mullen’s overall remuneration package totalling over £4 million; a 743% increase on the year before and 104 times the median pay package at the company.
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