GNM editorial staff opposes changes to pay and conditions

Guardian News & Media (GNM), which publishes the Guardian, the Observer and, has repo

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chapel for the GNM voted against the proposal to outsource technical support at Guardian Creative, which produces sponsored supplements.

NUJ members opposed the cutting down on sabbatical leave to journalists. The leave allows journalists a four-week paid break for every four years of service. They also unanimously protested against the proposal to cut rates paid to casual staff.

However, they voted in favour of claiming an across-the-board flat rate of 2 per cent hike for the editorial staff. In the wake of GNM reporting an operating loss of £36.8m in the last financial year, it is keen to reduce its head count. Already 40 GNM staff have reportedly taken voluntary redundancy.