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Journalists at the Financial Times newspaper unite to stop redundancies

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2190

Journalists at the Financial Times (FT) were celebrating victory this week after management backed off from plans to sack Chinese journalists working on the FTChinese website.

Management at the newspaper issued an ultimatum to four Chinese media workers demanding they return to Beijing and accept a 50 percent wage cut, or face immediate dismissal.

Two of the four Chinese journalists are British citizens. All four work on terms and conditions inferior to other journalists at the FT.

Members of the NUJ union at the FT met and decided unanimously to mount a defence campaign. They demanded that the threat of redundancy be lifted and that all journalists be placed on the same terms and conditions.

They said they would ballot for industrial action if management went ahead with their plans.

FT management decided to change their mind and dropped the ultimatum.

Dave Crouch, the union’s father of chapel (union rep), said, “we are pleased that management has realised how unfair and unacceptable its proposals were and look forward to discussions on securing the future of our Chinese journalists on proper terms and conditions.”

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Thu 25 Feb 2010, 18:27 GMT
Issue No. 2190
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