Friday 23 April 2010

Johnston journalists to strike next week

Journalists employed in Yorkshire by Johnston Press at Scarborough, Whitby and Malton are taking strike action next Friday (April 30) in the NUJ dispute with the group over the introduction of the Atex content management system and "attacks on professional standards of journalism", the union said today.
The strike action will coincide with the Johnston Press Group’s AGM in Edinburgh.
NUJ organiser Chris Morley said: “There is only one sensible way forward in the interest of readers, journalists and the Johnston Press Group itself. The company must sit down with the union to negotiate - over pay and fair reward, over the implementation of the ATEX system and over workloads and staffing levels - so that a damaging dispute can be avoided."
He added: “Our members are particularly shocked that management is now threatening to axe two trainees in order to implement its misguided plans for the introduction of Atex. These young people were taking their first
steps towards a career as professional journalists, and to treat them in this heartless way defies description."

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