Socialist Worker

Victory in Rotherham as solidarity saves union rep Phil Turner

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2457

Phils supporters rallied in Rotherham last Saturday

Phil's supporters rallied in Rotherham last Saturday (Pic: Nigel Newton-Smith)

Trade unionists are celebrating today, Wednesday, as NUJ union rep Phil Turner has won his battle against victimisation.

Management at the Rotherham Advertiser had singled Phil out for compulsory redundancy following a redundancy selection process.

He has worked for the newspaper for 30 years—and led the union there for most of that time.

It was a clear attempt by management to break the union. Phil has led two strikes against attempts to derecognise the NUJ, and fought off an earlier attempt to victimise him.

But trade unionists and activists flocked to support Phil. Phil’s NUJ chapel was inundated with messages of support—while bosses were bombarded with complaints.

And some 250 people protested in Rotherham in his support on Saturday of last week.

Journalists at the Advertiser had been set to stage a one-day strike tomorrow demanding that bosses reverse their decision. The strike was called off after management backed down today.

Phil told Socialist Worker, “I want to thank everyone for all the solidarity I’ve had. It’s clear that’s what has been key to this victory—solidarity has won.”

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