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Sheffield star journalists vow to keep future bright

Issue No. 2118

Journalists at Sheffield Newspapers were due to walk out on Wednesday of this week in protest at job losses.

Staff voted in favour of industrial action over five compulsory redundancies and an open-ended call for voluntary redundancies among page production journalists.

They planned to hold a disruptive mandatory union meeting, starting on Wednesday morning, and were due to be joined by Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the NUJ journalists’ union.

NUJ mother of chapel (union convenor) Julia Armstrong said, “This is the first protest action. At the meeting we will be discussing how to move the campaign forward.

“We’re hoping that we can hold co-ordinated action with other Johnston Press titles across Britain and Ireland who are also being affected by job cuts and non‑replacement of staff.

“We are paying the price for bosses who went on a spending spree, buying up titles which they’ve had to devalue by £100 million, and are now panicking in the face of the credit crunch. Despite that, they are still making massive profits.”

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NUJ members at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail will be working to rule from Friday of this week as part of a protest against low staffing levels at the Scottish newspapers.

Workers are fed up with having to cover extra duties because Trinity Mirror, the newspapers’ owners, are not replacing staff who leave.

NUJ organiser Paul Holleran said, “Our members aren’t prepared to put up with this any longer.

“We are facing this problem right across the industry and will campaign to put a stop to levels of stress that are endangering the health of our members.”

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Tue 9 Sep 2008, 18:55 BST
Issue No. 2118
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