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Chapel solidarity saves jobs at Derry Journal

13 March 2009

The dispute over cutbacks and restructuring at the Derry Journal has been resolved with no NUJ members facing compuslory redundancy. Johnston Press management confirmed yesterday evening that there would be no further redundancies at the paper.

NUJ members at the paper passed the following motion:

The chapel welcome the news that there will be no further redundancies at the Derry Journal and in that regard agree that the dispute is resolved.

It is very much regretted that the past three months of uncertainty have placed all staff at the Derry Journal under severe stress and anxiety, to the detriment of our working environment.

The chapel who had balloted 100% in favour of industrial action were due to attend talks in the Labour Relations Agency today. A chapel spokesperson said:

"We at the Derry Journal are understandably relieved that this lengthy dispute has come to an end and that it was resolved in our favour.
"As a result of this process, we have safeguarded jobs at the paper and hopefully highlighted the importance of a strong, dedicated chapel and an appreciated workforce."

Nicola Coleman, NUJ Irish Organiser, said:

"Even though only a minority of NUJ members were under threat, the solidarity and determination of the Derry Journal chapel has ensured that those vulnerable workers were protected.
"In light of the strength of feeling illustrated by the ballot it was clear management would have to revaluate their position. The NUJ are thankful that a concerted effort was made on the part of the company to resolve the dispute."

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