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NUJ delighted by recognition agreement at Al Jazeera

6 December 2013

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and sister union Bectu have been successful in achieving a recognition deal at Al Jazeera.

The NUJ and BECTU are now recognised by Al Jazeera International Limited to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of trade union members working at the broadcaster. The next stage of the work is to engage in a constructive dialogue with the employer to establish a collective bargaining framework.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"We are delighted with the agreement reached at Al Jazeera. The chapel will continue to encourage all non-members to join a union to consolidate our negotiating strength going forward.
"The NUJ will be negotiating on pay and conditions at Al Jazeera but we also offer much more – members can get involved in union campaigning on issues such as press freedom and the protection of sources as well as guidance and support on professional and ethical matters. I'd like to congratulate our union members who worked hard to bring about recognition."

Jenny Lennox, NUJ assistant broadcasting organiser, said:

"This is a fantastic result for the NUJ. The chapel worked hard to secure recognition and we are all really pleased with the result."

Mick Hodgkin, NUJ father of the chapel at Al Jazeera, said:

"We welcome this recognition of the clear wishes of staff at Al Jazeera English for trade union representation. NUJ representatives are looking forward to continuing our existing discussions with management now on the framework of formal negotiations.
"This will enable us to ensure that the views and interests of members on pay and conditions and a range of other issues are properly represented in the decision-making process, as Al Jazeera English continues to develop and prosper."

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