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Stranded Johnston Press journalists forced to holiday in airports

22 April 2010

Johnston Press Group is forcing journalists who have been unable to get back to work to take additional holiday or unpaid leave. The journalists have been stranded due to the impact on air travel of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

Several hundred thousand Britons abroad on holiday or business are thought to have been affected by the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"In common with so many other victims of the shutdown of European air services, journalists want to get back to work at the end of their holidays.
"But that's not good enough for the Johnston Press Group, apparently. Personnel departments in the group are now insisting on treating unavoidable absence due to the volcano as holidays or unpaid leave.
"While our members currently balloting on industrial action to resist the attempts by Johnston Press to impose job cuts and inferior production systems on their newspapers don't need any encouragement to stand up for proper standards of journalism, this mean-spirited action by the group is hardly designed to win support from employees for an inept management."

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