Wednesday 7 September 2011

South Yorkshire journalists call off strike action

NUJ members at the Johnston press-owned South Yorkshire Newspapers, who have been on strike action for two months over job cuts, are to return to work tomorrow.

The NUJ said today that the striking journalists had voted to return to work and allow negotiations with the Johnston Press to start.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “I am delighted that common sense has prevailed at South Yorkshire Newspapers and meaningful negotiations will start with the chapel. We have wanted talks all along and we hope they will be positive and constructive.”

Journalists involved in the strike work at the Doncaster Free Press, Epworth Bells, Selby Times and South Yorkshire Times.

Jim Oldfield, the outspoken editor of the South Yorkshire Times who insisted in covering the jobs' dispute in his paper, was made redundant during the dispute along with Peter Catt, the sports editor of the Doncaster Free Press.

The NUJ says further industrial action has not been ruled out if no agreement is reached with Johnston Press.

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