Saturday 7 February 2009

More than 800 journalists are preparing for industrial action over cuts says NUJ

The NUJ claimed today that more than 800 journalists across Britain and Ireland are gearing up for industrial action to oppose job cuts and defend quality journalism.
The disputes involve national and local newspapers, and magazines and a series of ballots on industrial action are taking place.
Action is being considered by NUJ chapels at Newsquest York , Johnston Press in Leeds, the Johnston-owned Derry Journal, Yattenden-owned Staffordshire Newspapers, Midlands News Association-owned Shropshire Newspapers, magazine group Reed Business Information and the Independent and Independent on Sunday.
At the Financial Times the NUJ chapel has called a mandatory meeting for Thursday to consider a call for an industrial action ballot.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said: “Where members want to fight cuts with industrial action the NUJ will support them in every way possible."
It was reported today that Johnston Press is considering selling off some of its Irish titles.

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