Monday 21 September 2009

Tim Gopsill retired 'reluctantly' from Journalist

Tim Gopsill wanted to stay on as editor of the NUJ's magazine the Journalist, the latest issue reveals.
A story about Tim's retirement after 21 years editing the magazine says: "He is retiring reluctantly, having applied to work on until the summer of 2010 to continue to develop the new-look magazine and a Journalist presence on the union website, but his request was turned down by General Secretary Jeremy Dear.
"His bid to work on was made under a new law that allows people reaching normal retirement age to do so - a law that the union supports - but it requires that the employer agrees. To retire an employee compulsorily can constitute age discrimination but the NUJ followed a procedure that complies with the law."
The story adds: "Last year's NUJ conference resolved that the Journalist "should have a more visible daily presence" on the website., but talks to achieve this have made little progress.
The deadline for applicants for the elected post of editor of the Journalist is today. A ballot begins on 6 October and ends on November 6.
One candidate to reveal he is standing is Rich Simcox, who edits Activate magazine for the Public and Commercial Services union and has the backing of the NUJ Left.

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