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All out battle in South Yorks

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2265

Journalists in South Yorkshire are continuing their all-out strike. Their action began on 15 July.

The workers, members of the National Union of Journalists, are fighting job losses and a race to the bottom by management that the union says is destroying local newspapers.

The strikers cover five local papers—and have been producing alternative newssheets as a replacement for the public while they have been on strike.

Johnston Press—a huge, multinational company— owns the papers. It went on a buying spree of local papers and is now driving down wages, conditions and standards.

The journalists are holding regular union meetings and touring the country to build support.

They have received a number of donations from local and national trade unions so far.

The strikers have organised vibrant picket lines throughout the dispute, leafleted and gathered petition signatures to show the support they have.

lSend messages of support to and donations to account name DFP NUJ Chapel, no: 35630388, sort code: 60-06-39

nWorkers at the BBC are continuing a work to rule after striking for two days. They are campaigning against compulsory redundancies. The union and management are holding talks, but have so far failed to reach an agreement.

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Tue 16 Aug 2011, 17:55 BST
Issue No. 2265
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