NUJ and Guardian reach settlement
The NUJ has reached agreement with the Guardian and Observer as compulsory redundancies have been withdrawn.
The union and management are now committed to a 12-month process of negotiating the changes necessary to bring about further cost reductions and the digital transition at the papers. Any future reductions in staffing levels will be achieved by negotiation.
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said "I am pleased that the hard work put in by both sides has achieved an outcome that should create the positive climate necessary to safeguard the future of the titles and at the same time guarantee the quality of content so vital to their success. It is essential that the digital model, coupled with an affordable print version, is based on the highest standards of journalism and a positive engagement with their readers."
Both parties have agreed to negotiate a revised house agreement and will exchange proposals with a view to reporting back to the chapel and staff in three months' time. Both sides are confident that a new agreement can be negotiated and intend to conclude this by the end of financial year 2013/14
The company will implement the salary recommendations from the HR department following the work of the pay audit group from April 1. The company will continue to consider requests for voluntary redundancy in order to manage the restructuring of the staff and organisation. The company will use the redeployment agreement as part of this process.