DM2011: Supporting chapels fighting for jobs and quality journalism
11 April 2011
Delegates to the union's Southport conference voted unanimously to support chapels resisting job cuts and other attacks. The motion stressed the link between protecting the quality of local journalism and the NUJ battles with the Newsquest, Johnston Press and Northcliffe newspaper empires.
Bob Smith from Bradford reminded delegates that his boss, Newsquest chief executive Paul Davidson, had been paid £609,000 last year while managing decline at the troubled newspaper group and closing employee final salary schemes.
Bob Smith said:
"Newsquest is heading for an iceberg, but you can be sure that Captain Davidson will not go down with his ship. He will be on the first life raft out of there."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary-elect, said:
"Our members are to be congratulated for fighting for quality local journalism and for their tenacity. Do all you can to support the strikes that are coming."
Mick Duckworth, Nottingham branch delegate, said that working conditions at the Northcliffe-owned Nottingham Post had become "traumatic" and that its future was in doubt.
"They have treated journalists disgracefully and there seems to be little evidence of anything being done about the decline of the newspaper."