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Solidarity in London as Glasgow Trinity Mirror journalists strike

16 April 2009

Journalists on two of Scotland's biggest national newspapers have stepped up their action over job cuts with a 48-hour strike. NUJ members from the Daily Record and Sunday Mail called the action after management picked out more than 20 colleagues for compulsory redundancy.

They have already held two one-day strikes and passed a vote of no confidence in their Trinity Mirror bosses. The two-day strike covers tomorrow and Saturday.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:

"The union is fully behind the Record and Mail chapel. They are fighting for their jobs and to defend the future quality of two papers that have been at the heart of working-class culture in Scotland.

"I urge all journalists, staff and freelance, to support the strike and to send messages of support and raise money for the hardship fund."

In London last night, a packed-out comedy benefit in London raised £696.51 to be shared between NUJ chapels in Glasgow and those in Leeds and York who have are also taking industrial action against job cuts.

Richard Simcox, who organised the fundraiser on behalf of the the NUJ Left group, said:

"We thought it was important to have some Stand Up for journalism in solidarity with our NUJ members who are leading the fightback against the cuts.
"We need to use all our means – industrial, political and social – to raise awareness and, of course, money for these important disputes."

Jeremy Dear, who spoke at the benefit, added:

"It really is important that we do everything we can to support journalists taking industrial action against cuts.
"While there has been action over compulsory redundancies at the Yorkshire Post and Evening Post, their parent company, Johnston Press, has agreed not to force NUJ members out in Derry, Edinburgh and Lancashire.
"These industrial disputes are vital for the whole union."

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