Saturday, 4 April 2009

Scottish TUC calls for Sunday Mail boycott

The Scottish TUC has called for a boycott of tomorrow's Sunday Mail as NUJ journalists along with their colleagues on the Daily Record strike this weekend against compulsory redundancies at the Trinity Mirror titles, Shaun Milne's milne media blog reports today
In a statement, Stephen Boyd, assistant secretary of the Scottish TUC said: "The edition of the Sunday Mail which appears on Sunday 5 April will be produced by non-union labour using copy from agencies. It would be of tremendous benefit to the NUJ and striking workers if the sales collapsed as a result.
"Therefore, the STUC is calling on all its affiliated organisations and their members to boycott the Sunday Mail this weekend."
In a letter to Record and Sunday Mail staff yesterday, the papers' managing director Mark Hollinshead said: "At a time of economic crisis and cataclysmic change in the newspaper industry this action can only have one effect. It will most certainly harm our business and the newspapers we are all proud to work for. This will undoubtedly create the requirement for further change if we are to get through the recession in one piece."
Milne says on his blog: "The names of those management want out were finalised during the week. The expectation being they will be told on Monday or Tuesday. If so the strike will most likely be escalated."
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