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Striking scribes’ spirits lifted by torrent of texts

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2250

Journalists at Tindle Newspapers in north London last week completed a 14-day strike to demand more staff.

The nine members of the NUJ union cover newspapers that include the Enfield Advertiser, Enfield Gazette and Haringey Advertiser.

They walked out after management, headed by multimillionaire owner Sir Ray Tindle, decided not to replace workers that leave. This policy resulted in over‑work and demoralisation.

Strikers say the pressure means they can no longer produce quality newspapers.

However, by taking action they feel like they have got their voices back.

Adam Holt, a striking photojournalist, told Socialist Worker, “The newspapers in the group used to be award-winning. When I started over three years ago the paper looked good and we had time to do our work properly.

“But now everything is a rush, and the papers aren’t reaching out to the readers like they used to.

“Being on strike has been brilliant, and the support from the union and solidarity from other groups has really helped.”

Strikers received donations from many NUJ branches and two journalists travelled to Sheffield during their action to speak at an anti-cuts rally.

“It’s collections and text messages of support that keep you going,” says Adam.

The journalists returned to work on Tuesday of this week, hoping that the strike has put pressure on bosses to agree to union demands—to have one extra reporter on a fixed term contract to help ease the workload.

However, the workers are prepared to strike again if their demands are not met.

The NUJ union is this week set to begin a strike ballot of all its members at the BBC as part of a campaign against compulsory redundancies.

The union says over 100 jobs will go as the management seek to cut workers at the World Service and BBC websites.

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Tue 3 May 2011, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2250
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