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'Now we feel like we have a voice'

Issue No. 2248

Nine Journalists at North London & Herts Newspapers started a two week strike on Tuesday.

The workers, in the NUJ union, are furious that management is refusing to replace staff that leave and is driving down costs and standards.

Just three reporters are left to work on nine publications at North London & Herts Newspapers—this means stories not being covered properly and the newspapers facing becoming irrelevant.

Jonathan Lovett, the father of the chapel at the group, told Socialist Worker, “We were in negotiations for 12 months, went to Acas and everything. We thought we had a deal—that we would get a reporter in for six months to ease the pressure. But the board voted it down.

“We’ve just had enough. Holding the ballot and preparing to strike has restored our self respect. We now feel like we have a voice.”

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Tue 19 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2248
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