The unrest in London's Fleet Street -- centre of Britain's national newspaper industry -- continues as journalists from the "Daily Mirror" and "The Sun" have voted to continue their official strikes.
GV Daily Mirror building (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN pickets outside The Sun office (2 shots)
SV Sign: "We want a house agreement"
SV Strikers outside "Sun" office (3 shots)
CU Man speaks (SOUND ON FILM)
GV Fleet Street
SV Sign: Fleet Street
GV & SV Daily Sketch building (3 shots)
GV & CU Daily Mail office (2 shots)
GV Evening News office with vans outside
LV Daily Express office
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: "Yes, we are expecting a long stoppage and we're planning for a month-long stoppage,"
QUESTION: "And you've been advising your members to find another job.?"
ANSWER: "That's right, we have a picket committee of fifteen and these people have given up the idea of trying to get a job anywhere. The rest of our members are out trying to get jobs".
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Background: The unrest in London's Fleet Street -- centre of Britain's national newspaper industry -- continues as journalists from the "Daily Mirror" and "The Sun" have voted to continue their official strikes. A spokesman for the strikers said that they were preparing for a stoppage of a month.
The discontent in Fleet Street follows the acceptance on Wednesday (30th December)-- in a ballot of 3,750 London and Manchester newspapermen--of a new pay deal negotiated between the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Newspaper Publishers' Association (NPA).
This included a bitterly opposed 18-month "freeze" of house agreements reached with an individual newspaper company or group.
Also being opposed is any formula which would worsen redundancy compensation.
The strike comes at a time of considerable financial difficulty in Fleet Street. The "Daily Mail" and the "Daily Express" are reported to be considering a merger due to rising costs, and scores of journalists working for Associated Newspapers -- "The Mail", "The Sketch" and the "Evening News"--face redundancy in the next few weeks.
A spokesman for the strikers warned of the seriousness of the dispute.