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NUJ wins benefits boost for ex-Local World staff

NUJ seeks parity across Trinity Mirror  -  © nuj

29 March 2017

Trinity Mirror has agreed to end the disparity in benefits of former Local World employees, following representation from the National Union of Journalists.

The union said it welcomed the change of heart by the company, but said it would continue to call for Trinity Mirror employees throughout the company to be treated on an equal footing. Local World employees have been seen as second class citizens within the group since the takeover of their company in a £220m deal in 2015.

The former Local World staff lost out on benefits including sick pay and maternity and paternity pay, compared to other Trinity Mirror staff. The changes will be implemented on 1 April.

Chris Morley, NUJ coordinator for Trinity Mirror, said:

“We welcome the move by Trinity Mirror to equalise upwards certain benefits for employees in Local World. Ever since the takeover, the NUJ has used every opportunity to raise the disparity between the two sides of the business, especially as management's favourite mantra was ‘One Trinity Mirror’.
"This is a sensible and equitable solution that will go towards making Local World employees feel full and valued employees of Trinity Mirror as the work of integrating the business within the wider group ploughs on with ever more intensity.
"While it is a good start, the NUJ will be seeking to ensure that all areas of employment experienced by our members in Local World matches the enhanced level of their counterparts in Trinity Mirror sites.”

Séamus Dooley, acting general secretary said:

“This is a very welcome development and comes during our Local News Matters week. It’s proof that trade unions make a difference in the workplace. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of NUJ officials and chapel officers who have worked together to achieve this result, which shows the power of persistence. We will continue to negotiate with Trinity Mirror and look forward to similar positive outcomes in the future.”

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