Sheffield journalists hail victory in Johnston Press dispute
8 February 2011
A strike by nearly sixty journalists at Sheffield Newspapers has been suspended after the NUJ chapel accepted a new deal. The chapel negotiated a settlement with management that resolves a dispute over plans to halve the number of production jobs at the Johnston Press 'editorial hub' in the city.
Chris Morley, NUJ organiser, said:
"The settlement meets the NUJ's demands and represents a significant victory for our members. We have secured a guarantee of jobs for all staff. Just as important, freelances will have the opportunity of permanent contracts.
"NUJ members in our Sheffield Newspapers chapel have demonstrated the value of standing together to demand fair treatment for journalists. Now it is up to the company to honour the agreement as a basis for moving forward."
The planned strike, affecting 57 NUJ members, came after a ballot for action in a dispute about potential loss of jobs for both employees and freelance contracts, inadequate consultation and inadequate redundancy payments.
The Sheffield hub produces pages for a range of Johnston Press titles in Sheffield, Doncaster, Chesterfield and North and Mid Derbyshire and South, West and North Yorkshire.
The NUJ's National Executive Council had called for all lawful support from all colleagues in solidarity with members at the Sheffield Newspapers Chapel of Johnston Press.