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Deal agreed between Newsquest and NUJ in London and south east

Newsquest strike ends in deal  -  © private

17 July 2015

An amicable solution has been reached between NUJ members and Newsquest South London following lengthy negotiations between the two parties.

Compromise was achieved over plans to restructure the editorial department and a number of other elements, including an agreement to pay trainee reporters the London Living Wage.

Gary Kendall, managing director for Newsquest South London, said:

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement acceptable to both sides which satisfies our commitment to provide high quality editorial content for our print and online products in the future”.

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

“We are obviously pleased that an agreement has been reached and trainees will now be paid the London Living Wage in future. We do, however, remain concerned that the staffing level is too low and we will be monitoring the situation in the run up to the agreed three month review. In reaching this agreement I would like to pay tribute to our members who showed real commitment to local journalism and their readers. The chapels would like to thank and acknowledge all the support they received from NUJ members and chapels, local MPs, councillors and Assembly members and readers.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"This was a tough and hard-fought dispute and I congratulate our members who stuck to their principles and won the hearts of many in the capital. This deal is a promising step forward and we will see how it works out.  The union will continue to campaign for quality journalism in London and will be pursuing this with the London Assembly and MPs in the south east."

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