A strike at Canada’s largest circulating national daily newspaper is on hold for the time being. On July 2, representatives from the The Globe and Mail’s management and Unifor 87-M agreed to return to the negotiating table on July 8.
The dispute arose because the new contract proposed by Globe management would require some reporters and editors to write “advertorial” copy in addition to their editorial work. Other issues in the dispute include job security and wages.
Earlier July 2, almost 93 per cent of the employees represented by Unifor 87-M had voted in favour of striking.
The vote and negotiations follow other labour actions. On June 30, reporters and columnists protested the contract proposed by the Globe by not including their bylines with any of the stories in the paper.
The Globe’s management has prepared for the strike by erecting a chain-link fence around the building reportedly to keep out workers. Had the strike gone ahead, Globe management said that they would continue to put the paper out with a smaller team.
Some news outlets have reported that if Unifor 87-M does go on strike, the striking workers plan to put out a paper of their own.