Reach PLC hacks have voted to strike this month following a “meagre” 3% pay rise offer. Express, Mirror and Star journalists, as well as those from countless local news outlets, will walk out on Friday 26 August, Wednesday 31 August, and 48 hours from September 14th to 15th. They will also work only contracted hours from 1 to 13 September…
Reach offered staff a pay rise of either 3% or £750 minimum, which the National Union of Journalists said wasn’t enough, especially after last year’s 1% increase. A total of 79% of members voted for the strike action on a 70% turnout.
Ironically the NUJ’s local chapel representatives rejected the 3% pay offer by a ratio of four to one shortly after The Mirror published a front-page splash about chief executives earning up to 86 times their average workers’ salaries while trying to suppress staff wages.
Reach’s chief executive, Jim Mullen, earns £4 million, which according to the Press Gazette works out to 104 times as much as his median employee. Will millionaire socialist Kevin Maguire, on a six-figure salary – be joining the picket line? Guido has a feeling this is one strike the Government will be delighted to see…
On Monday Kevin Maguire tweeted a picture of an empty fruit and veg aisle at Sainsbury’s, writing ”Don’t want to alarm anybody but the panic buying’s started in my local Sainsbury’s.” Which could only have the opposite result to his stated intention.
The Kingston branch of Sainsbury’s near our Kev’s house in leafy Richmond Park does not have any shortages – as can be seen from the picture taken by a co-conspirator the following day on Tuesday. Maybe deliveries were held up, though Britain produces 60% of its own food and most of our vegetables, particularly potatoes. Certainly the potatoes should have been full. They could have sold out or been cleared out for fresh produce.
The narrative some in the media are trying to promote of Brexit Britain suffering shortages is contradicted by many people working in supply chain logistics. Whether Maguire posted the photo in good faith, he appears not have done any basic journalism like asking the staff why it was empty. Guido gets the impression that Maguire was being disingenuous…
Hat-tip: David Atherton
No word yet as to if they are changing their name to UniRemainer…
As readers nurse their hangovers this morning – yes, that really did happen – spare a thought for the lefties of Twitter who were supporting Colombia. Top Corbynista Ellie Mae O’Hagan, who to be fair is Welsh, was not a fan of yesterday’s Sun front page and accordingly called for England to be “thrashed”:
So seriously, fuck headlines like this. And vamos Colombia esta noche; I hope England get thrashed. pic.twitter.com/OF1jWWIlab
— Ellie Mae O’Hagan (@MissEllieMae) July 3, 2018
Kevin Maguire sent this premature tweet when it looked like it might not be coming home:
That sound is Germany laughing at English fans who laughed at Germany going out. They do have a word for schadenfreude #EngCol
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) July 3, 2018
Guardian writer and fellow Welshwoman Dawn Foster, who is supporting England’s quarter final opponents Sweden, spent the evening at a Sinn Fein event and gave her backing to the Colombian fans:
Meanwhile the New Statesman published a piece by Rachel Cockerell, who “spent three months in Colombia last year”, headlined: “I hope England lose tonight”.
— New Statesman (@NewStatesman) July 3, 2018
Sorry Ellie Mae, Dawn, Kev, Rachel, your boys took one hell of a beating…
Responding to Emma Dent Coad’s latest comments, Kevin Maguire tells Good Morning Britain he thinks Theresa May is “quite attractive for her age”. Your age, Kev…
The other Kev deadpans “Looking for rare Orchids?”