Tuesday 2 August 2011

Donny rally for striking South Yorks journalists

A rally is to be held in Doncaster on Saturday in support of striking journalists at South Yorkshire Newspapers who have started the 13th day of their indefinite action against job cuts and office closures planned by Johnston Press.

A march will start at Frenchgate, Doncaster at noon on Saturday before proceeding through Doncaster town centre before speeches in Doncaster market place near the offices of the Doncaster Free Press.

The NUJ wants Johnston Press group to use conciliation service ACAS to resolve the dispute. Journalists at the Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times, Selby Times and Epworth Bells.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "Johnston Press owes it to the newspapers' readers and the local communities to enter into meaningful negotiations to resolve the dispute.

“We want to make sure local news reflects the communities it serves and this battle is about quality and resources. The impact of the cuts is a stark threat not simply to our members’ livelihoods but to local news and the future of the industry.”

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