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NZ Herald journos consider new offer

By Phil Boeyen, ShareChat Business News Editor

Monday 28th May 2001

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Striking journalists at Wilson & Horton's (NZSE: WHHPA) flagship publication, the NZ Herald, have returned to work to consider a new offer from the company.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union advocate Tony Wilton says members have cut their current strike short by 24 hours to consider the offer, which includes a one-off lump sum payment of $500.

Wilson & Horton is also now offering journalists a three-year deal with a 2% pay rise each year compared with the original offer of 1.5% for a one-year deal.

"While the new offer does not address the key issue of workers' right to choose whether they will be covered by the collective agreement or not, the journalists are returning to work as a sign of good faith," says Mr Wilton.

"Our members believe that all NZ Herald journalists except senior editorial executives should have the right to choose whether to join the collective agreement. We stand by that, but we are willing to talk."

Wilson & Horton says the journalists' action, which has been ongoing for four days, had not affected the size and content of its weekend Herald publications.

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