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Journalists’ strike votes save jobs

Issue No. 2143

Derry Journal

Jobs have been saved at the Derry Journal in Ireland after National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members voted 100 percent in favour of strike action.

Some 11 jobs were due to go at the paper, which were part of a series of job cuts being forced though by the Johnston Press group in Ireland.

Guardian Media Group

The Guardian Media Group (GMG) in Greater Manchester has announced plans to axe 78 editorial jobs as part of a “rationalisation” programme.

The NUJ chapel covering six titles in the group passed a vote of no confidence in the owners, the Scott Trust and has described the move as “profit driven”.

The cuts are part of a plan by GMG to cut 150 jobs at their publisher, MEN Media . Furher, they plan to close all 22 editorial offices of local papers in the region.

In the face of such stark cuts, workers at the group must join together in a

strong campaign for industrial action against the cuts and to protect quality journalism.

NUJ to lobby Parliament

The NUJ is holding a national lobby of parliament next Wednesday 25 March over the future of local media outlets and to fight for the protection of jobs.

Morning Star

Journalists at the Communist Party aligned Morning Star have won a 5 percent rise plus a one-off bonus of 3 percent. Some of the lowest paid will get a rise of 5.7 percent plus the one-off bonus.

The settlement came after the workers voted for strike action.

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Tue 17 Mar 2009, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2143
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