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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Second day of journalist strikes
Echo strike/Lorelei Reddin
The union said negotiations began in May
A second day of strikes is taking place over a below-inflation pay offer at a Hampshire-based daily newspaper.

Journalists at the Southern Daily Echo staged a walk-out on Wednesday after management at Newsquest refused to improve an increase totalling 2.5%.

National Union of Journalist members said they were angry at increased workloads and pension scheme changes.

Newsquest said the pay offer was in line with the "industry norm" and it had addressed issues from the union.

Sally Churchward, Southampton NUJ branch secretary, said the aim of the strike was not to damage the newspaper.

She added: "We are all very proud of the Echo but our purpose is to show how strongly we feel about unfair pay and we've been overwhelmed by the support."

Ian Murray, editor-in-chief of the Southern Daily Echo, said: "Yesterday and today have gone absolutely fine and the paper has been totally unaffected by the strike."


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