Friday, 6 March 2009

NUJ claims Shropshire jobs' victory as Yorkshire Post action continues

The NUJ claims five compulsory redundancies expected at Shropshire Newspapers have been stopped 24 hours after management were given notice of industrial action.
NUJ members were particularly angry that trainees had been targeted for job cuts. The union claims that up until last week the company said five redundancies were still needed at the Midland News Association-owned newspaper group.
Earlier this week the NUJ gave notice of a mandatory union meeting for journalists to be held on Wednesday 11 March and the union says the company responded by saying they were no longer seeking the compulsory redundancies and would find savings elsewhere.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern regional organiser, said: “This is a fantastic result especially as the chapel is not recognised."
Journalists were picketing the Yorkshire Post building in Leeds today after management refused to allow them to hold a 7am union meeting on the premises. Today's action is the tenth day of picketing at the Johnston Press company’s headquarters on Wellington Street in Leeds.
The next strike action is scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday 11 March.

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