Express Newspapers agrees to offer pay increase to staff

Media organisation Express Newspapers has agreed to offer a pay increase to staff, including a 2% pay rise for employees earning less than £60,000 a year.

Express Newspapers, which publishes titles such as the Daily Express, has agreed to offer a 2% pay increase for employees earning less than £60,000 a year, a £1,200 increase to staff earning above £60,000 a year, and a 2% pay rise for casual employees who work at shift rates up to and including £153.

The pay increases would be backdated to January 2017.

The offer follows a meeting with representatives from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the trade union for journalists, on Tuesday 21 February 2017.

The union had previously proposed a 4% pay increase for staff, which was rejected in December 2016.

Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary at the NUJ, said: “After eight years of pay freezes at Express Newspapers, this offer is a welcome result of our pay negotiations, and testament to the hard work put in by our [Father of the Union Chapel] Richard Palmer. Our chapel will discuss the offer when they meet and we hope this marks the start of an improvement in industrial relations at the group.”

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Express Newspapers had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.