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NUJ strikers meet Johnston Press chief executive

4 August 2011

Striking journalists from South Yorkshire Newspapers spoke directly to Johnston Press chief executive John Fry outside the offices of the Sheffield Star today.

John Fry came out to talk to the reporters who are on indefinite strike and had a 25-minute informal discussion with them.

The strikers were able to express their concerns about job cuts, office closures, excessive workloads and the declining standards of the newspapers.

When asked directly if South Yorkshire Newspapers would consider discussions through ACAS - an offer made by strikers last week - Mr Fry said "no".

He added:

"We prefer to talk directly with our colleagues."

Chris Morley, the NUJ's northern and midlands organiser, said:

"While it is good that our striking members were able to put the issues directly to the chief executive, we should be having proper discussions with reps without the threat of our members losing their jobs. We believe a solution can be found but there must be a clear realisation that the company understands the problems. At the moment the company seems to be in denial about that."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

"South Yorkshire Newspapers and Johnston Press need journalists. Management should not reject the opportunity to resolve the dispute and management should realise the problem at Johnston Press is the disregard for hard-working staff and a lack of investment in jobs and quality journalism."

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