Thursday 29 April 2010

Scarborough: 'Why we are on strike tomorrow'

<span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">NUJ</span> News Release: Journalists take strike action at the Scarborough Evening News, Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough, YO11 1BB

The NUJ chapel at the Johnston Press-owned Scarborough Evening News and associated titles has issued a statement about why its members are taking strike action for the first time in 30 years tomorrow.
Part of the statement says: "Drastic cuts in staffing levels mean we as journalists can’t do the job we want to do. We are not getting out to speak to people, and we can’t cover court stories or council meetings often enough. We have to work unacceptably long hours to cover staff shortages and our health and safety is being put at risk.
"Journalists have accepted many new technologies and work practices, but this loss of valued and skilled colleagues' jobs, and the extra workload imposed on us is unacceptable. We feel our flexibility and willingness to adapt and learn has been taken for granted by management.
"Our managers are cutting corners and compromising on quality so much that we have reached the point where enough is enough. We feel it’s time to make a stand. "

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