Photographers supplying the Glasgow-based Herald and Evening Times titles have been warned by the NUJ not to agree to a new contract sent out to freelances by the Newsquest-owned titles.
In a statement sent to freelances, the NUJ’s Scottish Office advise: “Please do not agree to any ‘proposal’ which has been sent to you by Newsquest regarding payments and copyright issues.”
“The NUJ has been in negotiation with Newsquest on a Freelance contract over a prolonged period. The proposals that have been sent to you are far below the terms which have been discussed so far.”
Negotiations between the union and the newspaper group have been ongoing for nearly a year, with the publisher attempting to re-negotiate existing shift and job rates, and phase out payments when freelances work is reused.
The NUJ advises that that freelances who have received the contract reply with the letter below.