TRINITY MIRROR Southern, one of Britain’s biggest newspaper publishers, last week went to the high court to stop ten of its staff from striking. Members of the NUJ journalists’ union on the Enfield Advertiser struck on Wednesday of last week against cuts caused by the merging of the subediting departments of four Trinity Mirror titles across north London.
They then planned to strike again for three days this week. But bosses won a high court ruling that the NUJ’s ballot only advocated one day of action.
Jonathan Lovett, the NUJ rep at the Enfield Advertiser, told Socialist Worker, “Staff did not believe the lengths Trinity Mirror went to in order to stop us striking. It has made us more irate than before. The union is appealing against the decision. Management is stretching people beyond belief and ripping the heart out of local journalism. We had a protest outside the building on Monday of this week. Jeremy Dear, the general secretary of the union, attended.
“We will be reballoting members over the next couple of weeks. People are now galvanised. We want to take on the company over their heavy handed approach.”