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NUJ announces strike dates at Bullivant Media

11 August 2020

NUJ members working at Bullivant Media have announced two 48-hour strikes in response to up to five compulsory redundancies.

The union has formally notified the company that the action is planned to take place on Tuesday 25 August until Wednesday 26 August. The second date for action is Tuesday 1 September until Wednesday 2 September.

The union is calling on the Bullivant family to put a stop to the compulsory redundancies and resolve the dispute.

Things you can do to support the strike -

The NUJ is urging media workers, branches, chapels and other trade unionists to send messages of support and solidarity to the chapel via email: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

The union is also calling for financial support for the strikers as many of those involved are paid just over the national minimum wage.

Supporters can donate to the strike hardship fund:

Sort code             60-83-01
Account number      20049274
Account name         NUJ Manchester

Please label the donation as ‘Bullivant strike’

Supporters of the strike can send polite messages to the company’s managing director Chris Bullivant Jr at Chris.Bullivant@bullivantmedia.com and fellow director Pat Bullivant at pat.bullivant@bullivantmedia.com

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands senior organiser, said:

"The company has laid out plans to dismiss up to five members through redundancies.

"We are clear that the proposals drawn up do not make any rational sense and have the effect of targeting leading members of the newly-formed chapel in clear breach of the law.

"The chapel is united against these plans and in supporting its members put under the shadow of compulsory redundancy. Members have committed themselves reluctantly but with determination to taking two periods of 48-hour strike action. We want the board to see sense and to cooperate with the chapel in finding appropriate ways to help the business navigate its way back to prosperity.

"What is equally important however is for the Bullivant family to recognise that it is inappropriate for family members to now be playing at journalism to the detriment of a hard-won reputation by its journalists for quality reporting with all the risks that this brings to the business."

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