Thursday, 24 February 2011

Dublin protest to mark death of Sunday Tribune

The NUJ is organising a symbolic protest outside the offices of the Sunday Tribune in Dublin today to mark the closure of the newspaper and show solidarity with colleagues who are being made redundant.

More than 40 staff have lost their jobs after Sunday Tribune receiver Jim Luby announced he had been unable to find a buyer for the newspaper. The receiver was appointed at the end of January, when it was announced by Independent News and Media that it was withdrawing funding from the newspaper.

Workers at the Sunday Tribune will receive only statutory redundancy from the Republic of Ireland’s Insolvency Payments Scheme. The NUJ is calling on Independent News and Media to make provision for ex gratia payments to Sunday Tribune workers as a result of the decision to pull the plug on funding for the newspaper.

The protest begins at 1.15pm and will be followed by a meeting in support of the redundant workers.

Update: The NUJ reports more than 100 people took part in the solidarity protest outside the offices of the Sunday Tribune as staff at the newspaper gathered to collect their final pay cheques. The attendance included many former Tribune staff and representatives of virtually all print and electronic media organisations in the city.

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