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Journalists to lobby Johnston Press shareholders

23 April 2009

Journalists plan to lobbying Johnston Press shareholders as they arrive for their annual general meeting in Edinburgh tomorrow. Workers from the company will be joined by Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, and Vice-President Peter Murray to protest about cutbacks.

NUJ chapels at JP-owned papers in Yorkshire, East Lancashire and in Northern Ireland have all recently secured large mandates for industrial action against redundancies. Journalists on the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post have taken 13 days of strike action.

The NUJ has been seeking urgent talks with JP Chief Executive John Fry to establish the company's plans for the future of its titles. The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies and a commitment to investment in journalism.

The company owns papers in Scotland, England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Jeremy Dear said:

"We cannot see any long-term plan from the Johnston Press management. They are just making cuts and hoping for the best.
"If they won't give guarantees about quality journalism they should get out of the industry and sell their much-loved titles to someone who will."

The firm's AGM takes place tomorrow at the Sheraton Hotel, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR.

The lobby starts at 11am. NUJ members and other trades unionists in Edinburgh are welcome to join in.

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