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Big win for Racing Post staff

2 June 2008

The NUJ has secured a settlement that will give most journalists and many other staff at the Racing Post six-and-a-half weeks’ gross pay each.

This payment is compensation from Trinity Mirror, the previous owner, for its failure to consult on the sale of the company to a new owner. Irish private equity group FL Partners bought the Racing Post and associated titles from Trinity Mirror for £170 million last year.

The compensation package is estimated to be worth up to £750,000.

According to the British Association of Journalists (BAJ), Trinity Mirror agreed to the payout on the steps of the Employment Tribunal at Stratford, East London.

The BAJ was involved was involved in the settlement – but only because it was the legally recognised union, despite having no members at the paper.

Nearly all its journalists are NUJ members and it was the efforts of the NUJ that propelled the case to a successful conclusion.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ national organiser, said:

"I am very pleased with the satisfactory outcome which has secured an excellent deal for our members.
"We hope that Trinity Mirror will show more respect for their obligations to inform and consult staff on matters as important as their future employment conditions, including their pensions."

Robin Gibson, Father of the NUJ Chapel at the Racing Post, said:

"I am very pleased with the outcome which was the result of a lot of hard work by union officials, members and other staff, and Thompsons Solicitors.
"I hope it demonstrates that it's never wise to take at face value what the company presents to you as a fait accompli, and that it highlights the benefits of being a member of the NUJ."

Roy Mincoff, NUJ Legal Officer, said:

"I'm delighted at this victory. The NUJ will continue to strive for recognition and decent pay and conditions at Trinity Mirror and elsewhere."

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