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Derby Telegraph journalists accuse Northcliffe of hypocrisy

16 March 2009

Journalists in Derby have called on their local paper to recognise the hypocrisy of crusading to stop tax office jobs being sent to Nottingham – while transferring sub editors to the same place.

The Derby Telegraph ran a successful campaign to stop the government moving civil service workers out of the city. Then parent company Northcliffe revealed that production on the Derby Telegraph and Leicester Mercury was to be centralised at the Nottingham Post.

The Telegraph is also petitioning the government to Change Track over jobs at train-maker Bombardier. The local NUJ branch is calling on the company to do the same – and lobbying local politicians who supported the tax office campaign.

The branch passed the following motion:

Derby and Burton branch of the National Union of Journalists condemns proposals by Northcliffe Newspapers to centralise its sub-editing organisation for Derby and Leicester into a hub at Nottingham, with a potential loss of jobs for experienced journalists.

The branch believes that subeditors on local newspapers with a wealth of local knowledge should be based in the local communities that they serve.

The branch also feels that the centralisation of subediting operations will further undermine the quality of local newspapers, which have already suffered cutbacks in staff,

The branch notes that the Derby Evening Telegraph successfully campaigned to keep tax personnel jobs in Derby rather than transfer them to Nottingham, and is currently leading a campaign to protect work and jobs at Bombardier.

The branch feels that it is inconsistent and hypocritical therefore to allow jobs at Derby to be lost to Nottingham, and calls on the management to 'change track.'

Furthermore, the branch feels that the creation of 'pooled operations' will lead to more cutbacks with serious knock-on effects for other journalists.

This branch therefore calls upon local MPs, the city council and Marketing Derby, plus other trade unions to express their strong opposition to these moves and calls upon Northcliffe Newspapers to urgently reconsider and look for other ways to save money.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary said:

"We applaud the Derby and Burton branch's initiative and support their campaign.
"Newspaper companies that campaign over local jobs and the local economy must not forget their own responsibilities to the community.
"I urge other NUJ branches to organise similar campaigns and to tell us so we can highlight them and share information."

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