Friday, 23 April 2010
NUJ erupts over Johnston volcano holiday policy
The NUJ claimed today that stranded journalists are "being attacked" by their employer Johnston Press because they have been unable to get back to work due to the impact on air travel of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: "“In common with so many other victims of the shutdown of European air services, journalists want to get back to work at the end of their holidays. But that’s not good enough for the Johnston Press Group, apparently. Personnel departments in the group are now insisting on treating unavoidable absence due to the volcano as holidays or unpaid leave. While our members currently balloting on industrial action to resist the attempts by Johnston Press to impose job cuts and inferior production systems on their newspapers don’t need any encouragement to stand up for proper standards of journalism, this mean-spirited action by the group is hardly designed to win support from employees for an inept management.”