Monday 7 November 2011

NUJ wins payout for redundant Sport journalists

The NUJ has won a financial victory for staff made redundant when the Daily and Sunday Sport newspapers closed in April.

The NUJ represented 62 staff who are now entitled to claim 8 weeks’ pay capped at £400 from the Redundancy Payments Office: £3,200 per person.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "This is a fantastic result and shows just how valuable it is to have the backing of the NUJ. I hope this victory also sends a strong message to those companies who choose to shirk their legal obligation to engage in a meaningful consultation process."

Lawrence Shaw, NUJ assistant organiser, added: “The NUJ is pleased to have secured a total of nearly £200,000 in damages for employees who lost their jobs when the Sport Media Group went into administration.

“The former Daily and Sunday Sport newspapers had a loyal and talented workforce before it was closed down in April. Unfortunately the papers were badly mismanaged and suffered a premature death."

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