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Johnston Press journalists take action

by Phil Turner and Julia Armstrong
Issue No. 2200

Over 500 journalists, across 22 centres, have voted for strikes over job losses and worsening conditions.

NUJ union members at Johnston Press voted by 70 percent for the action.

The result came as members in Scarborough – at the forefront of the battle – walked out for 24 hours.

Management is attacking jobs through using a new computer system.

Non-production journalists are being pressured into taking over the bulk of page-editing work and production journalists are being centralised into regional hubs.

Journalists in Scarborough were informed their work was moving to Sheffield and they faced a choice of taking lower‑paid jobs or redundancy.

Journalists in Blackpool are working to rule and staff at Sheffield held a stoppage to trigger their ballot. Union reps are discussing co‑ordinated action.

Johnston shareholders’ meeting

Journalists bombarded directors at the Johnston annual shareholders’ meeting last week with questions about executive pay, staff morale, a pay freeze and inadequate training.

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Tue 4 May 2010, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2200
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