Tuesday 17 May 2011

Talks over low staffing dispute at Tindle titles

Negotiators from the NUJ and the Tindle Newspapers are to meet later this week in a bid to resolve a continuing dispute over non-replacement of staff at North London and Herts newspapers.

The NUJ chapel at Sir Ray Tindle’s Enfield-based titles staged a series of strikes earlier this month and held a mock funeral (see pic) for their papers to highlight what they say is management’s policy of refusing to replace staff who have left the papers.

The nine NUJ strikers walked out on April 19 claiming just three reporters were churning out nine newspapers every week.

NUJ head of publishing Barry Fitzpatrick said: “The union is approaching our talks with management this week in a positive way, determined to achieve a solution on behalf of journalists who are concerned to see their newspapers operate in a stable atmosphere which safeguards the quality and content of the service they provide for the local community.

“We believe that the talented team of journalists producing Tindle’s north London papers deserve the full backing of their management. It is management’s job to turn that committed journalism and community support into the cash needed to ensure proper staffing of the newspapers in the public interest.”

North London & Herts Newspapers publishes: The Enfield Advertiser, The Edmonton Advertiser, The Winchmore Hill Advertiser & Herald, The Enfield Gazette, The Barnet &Potters Bar Press, The East Barnet Press & Advertiser, The Edgware & Mill Hill Press, The Hendon & Finchley Press and The Haringey Advertiser.

Pic: Jon Slattery

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