Last-minute talks in Newsquest York dispute
10 January 2008
Potential industrial action at The Press in York has been suspended for last-minute talks on multimedia working and pensions.
Action was scheduled to begin on today after NUJ members working on the Newsquest title voted for industrial action. Journalists are angry because management insists they record video footage for the paper's website without adequate remuneration or training. There are also concerns about proposed changes to the staff pension scheme.
Members of the local NUJ chapel have agreed to postpone any action until January 18 in the hope of reaching an agreement.
Tony Kelly, Joint NUJ Father of Chapel, said:
"Members are pleased the Newsquest management has agreed to further talks and hope this dispute can be settled without resorting to industrial action. The Press is respected locally for the quality of its journalism and our members are determined to get the support they need to maintain that reputation."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ President, added:
"Failing to recognise the extra demands being place on staff, while simultaneously cutting pension benefits, shows a lack of respect for the hard work and commitment of our members at The Press."