Wednesday 25 February 2009

Strike this week at Yorkshire Post as talks fail

Talks aimed at ending the series of four-day strikes at Johnston-Press owned Yorkshire Post Newspapers have failed.
It means the NUJ now plans to go ahead with another four day strike against compulsory redundancies starting on Thursday this week.
The NUJ chapel met with Leeds managing director Chris Green yesterday but no agreement was reached and the union says the management would not budge over 15 redundancies at the company, which publishes the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.
Meanwhile, Grimsby Labour MP Austin Mitchell has put down an Early Day Motion supporting "the journalists who are taking strike action in defence of jobs and quality journalism at the Yorkshire Post ." The EDM also notes: "Johnston Press's profit margins have been amongst the highest in the sector, often bringing in more than 30 per cent. returns, making hundreds of millions of pounds profit, and that former chief executive Tim Bowdler's 2007 remuneration was over £1 million including a performance-related bonus of £516,000."
You can read the full EDM here.

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