A pay freeze at The Scotsman Publications – which publishes The Scotsman and sister titles, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News – has been lifted.
Earlier today, the chapel of the National Union of Journalists at the papers accepted an improved offer from management, consisting of a minimum two per cent. For some of the lower paid staff whose salaries were considered 'anomalous' will see their pay increase by much more, up to 13 per cent.
A pay freeze had been in place at the building for the last two-and-a-half years. These last few months, staff have been asked to implement a new editorial production system – that reduces the need for sub-editors.
Said Paul Holleran, the NUJ's Scottish Organiser: “The new production system has caused difficulties and I'm delighted the staff's efforts to make it work has been recognised by this lifting of the pay freeze.”