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Date set for recognition talks at New Statesman

15 January 2009

The NUJ will meet the joint owner of the New Statesman magazine later this month to discuss union recognition and the right to negotiate pay and conditions.

Fifteen of the 16 journalists on the publication are members of the union.

Businessman Mike Danson, who co-owns the London-based title with Labour MP, Geoffrey Robinson, has invited the union for talks in response to a request for a voluntary recognition agreement.

Sue Harris, NUJ organiser for magazines, will attend the meeting with general secretary, Jeremy Dear.

Sue Harris said:

"We are delighted to be discussing recognition with a magazine that supports trade unions in its editorial columns.
"We hope to negotiate a voluntary recognition agreement without having to go through the statutory procedure."

The union is also in talks with the New Statesman about possible redundancies.

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