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NUJ wins recognition at Racing Post

20 June 2008

The NUJ has finally signed a formal recognition deal with the Racing Post.

The deal brings to an end a five-year period when most journalists on the titles were locked out of the NUJ because of a sweetheart agreement between management and the British Association of Journalists which had one member at the paper.

The deal follows hot on the heels of a settlement that saw the vast majority of its journalists win a bonus of six and a half weeks' pay after an employment tribunal ruled against its previous owner, Trinity Mirror. Trinity Mirror sold the Racing Post licence last year for £170million to FL Partners, an Irish private equity firm.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ national newspapers organiser, said:

"For the past five years the title's previous owners deliberately denied a majority of Racing Post journalists a voice at work. We're delighted that NUJ members have finally achieved justice.
"Today's agreement finally restores the NUJ's rightful place as the recognised union at the Racing Post and we look forward to a positive working relationship with the paper's new owners."

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