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Issue No. 1958

Sheffield Newspapers NUJ

Journalists in the NUJ union working for Sheffield Newspapers are balloting for action over a staffing crisis.

Members of the 65-strong NUJ chapel (union branch) at the Sheffield Star and sister publications voted to make this move in response to what many union members believe is a policy of non-replacement of staff.

We have all become fed up with working at breakneck speed, going over our hours and having to do more weekend shifts.

We decided to start a ballot at an angry and packed lunchtime meeting that our bosses were unhappy about but allowed to go ahead on the premises. Just taking a lunch break can be seen as militant these days!

NUJ members are angry that this deal would still not bring our basic for senior staff up to £20,000, which has been achieved by colleagues in Leeds.

This is despite owners Johnston Press boasting of record profits.

Julia Armstrong, Sheffield Newspapers NUJ

BBC technicians

Bectu, the union for technical workers at the BBC, has called for urgent talks with the government after the shock announcement that the sale of BBC Broadcast was agreed on Monday of this week.

A consortium led by Australian banking group Macquarie has bought the BBC subsidiary for £166 million.

The NUJ, Bectu and Amicus unions struck in May against management’s plans to cut 3,800 jobs.

Other Bectu members at the BBC are balloting on an offer made after the strike. The ballot ends on Monday of next week.

The NUJ has said it will strike again if compulsory redundancies are pushed through.

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Sat 2 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958
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