Reporters take stand over cuts to photographers' jobs
15 December 2014
Stourbridge Newsquest NUJ chapel has passed a motion opposing compulsory redundancies. They said that NUJ members will not accept assignments normally given to professional photographers.
The motion followed Newsquest's plan to cut four photographer roles down to one full-time equivalent on its Worcester titles.
"We, as the Stourbridge Newsquest NUJ chapel, resolve to remind Newsquest that as a chapel we are opposed to compulsory redundancies within the editorial department at Newsquest Stourbridge.
"Should the company make compulsory redundancies the chapel has resolved to meet and consider the possibility of industrial action.
"We also wish to make it clear that, as reporters, we are opposed to the replacement of professional photographers by other staff. Therefore, NUJ members have resolved not to accept assignments which would normally be given to professional photographers."
Other chapels are expected to follow suit as staff photographers and picture desk staff are being targeted for redundancy across the UK.