CIEH chapel votes for union recognition
15 February 2010
NUJ chapels and organisers are building on last year's successful campaign to bring the benefits of union recognition to newsrooms and other workplaces across the UK and Ireland.
journalists at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health are the latest to seek recognition from their employer. NUJ members have overwhelmingly supported a ballot for union recognition.
Fiona Swarbrick, NUJ organiser, said:
"We are now seeking management's signature on a recognition agreement and then we will start negotiating a house agreement."
Earlier this month, editorial staff at Cumbria's Times & Star in Workington took the first step towards collective negotiations with management by gaining NUJ recognition. An NUJ chapel has been formed and officers held meetings with management to iron out the terms of a collective house agreement.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:
"Journalists in workplaces with union recognition enjoy on average better pay, more holidays, less stress and work-related illness.
"They're also less likely to be made redundant, and even if they are they get improved terms. No wonder more and more people are voting for union recognition as a means of protecting themselves at work and improving their terms and conditions. Congratulations to those at CIEH and the Times & Star for helping to secure their rights at work."