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Johnston Press East Lancs agrees no compulsory redundancies

8 April 2009

Johnston Press (JP) in East Lancashire has agreed not to press on with compulsory redundancies. The climb down comes one day after NUJ members at the company voted massively in favour of industrial action.

The new plan will see two editorial managers leave voluntarily. Their responsibilities will be taken on by weekly paper editors. Union members at the Burnley Express, Clitheroe Advertiser and Nelson Leader have agreed to accept the porposals.

The reorganisation will mean the editor from Nelson will also look after Clitheroe, where the editor has volunteered for redundancy. The editor at Burnley will also look after a sports desk where the sports editor has volunteered for redundancy.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser, said:

"By sticking together journalists on these weekly papers have stopped compulsory redundancies and ensured work is covered.
"It is an excellent achievement."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"Congratulations to the chapel in East Lancashire. They have shown the value of collective action."

Johnston Press managers at the Derry Journal agreed last month that no NUJ members would be made compulsorily redundant after a big vote for industrial action.

However, in Leeds, where journalists have taken 13 days of strike action, JP managers say they can't guarantee all job cuts will be voluntary.

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