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NUJ union returns to the Sun

Issue No. 1963

Two decades after Rupert Murdoch though he had smashed the unions at the Sun, the journalists’ union is back at the title. The NUJ has a chapel of over 50 members and is growing.

But the union is being prevented from winning recognition by Nisa, a Murdoch-created staff association.

Journalists are angry about a swathe of redundancies in preparation for the Sun’s move from Wapping to Enfield in north London.

Barry Fitzpatrick, the NUJ’s newspaper organiser, told Socialist Worker, “Manangement is rowing back fast on its assurances on redundancies. There will be more unacceptable changes in the next two years.

“People are very dissatisfied with Nisa. A staff association funded by managment isn’t capable of representing members.

“Senior management tore down NUJ posters advertising a meeting last week because Rupert Murdoch was visiting and they didn’t want him to see them.

“All the meetings have been well attended and positive. We want management to recognise the NUJ and negotiate with us. Lack of recognition doesn’t prevent people from taking action.”

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Sat 13 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1963
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