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Tindle journalists in North London hold new strike ballot

3 June 2011

Journalists at Tindle newspapers in North London are holding a fresh ballot on industrial action in their dispute with the company over failure to maintain adequate staffing levels.

The NUJ chapel at Sir Ray Tindle's Enfield-based North London and Herts Newspapers group staged a series of strikes earlier this month across the bank holiday weeks, creating an effective fortnight's stoppage, to fight management's policy of refusing to replace staff who have left the papers.

The strikers won considerable support from the local community and MPs when they walked out on 19 April in their efforts to stop the slow death of the local papers in the group.

The NUJ members are angry that more than a third of editorial staff have left the North London Tindle papers without being replaced and that key positions remain unfilled.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ head of publishing, met with Tindle management last week and said that those talks had been positive. He said:

"The discussions enabled us and management to clarify our positions. Though the talks didn't actually change anything, they did show that both sides still wish to resolve the dispute.
"We are preparing for a fresh ballot on industrial action, because the time frame for action under the original ballot is about to expire."

North London & Herts Newspapers publishes: The Enfield Advertiser; The Edmonton Advertiser and Herald; The Winchmore Hill Advertiser & Herald; The Enfield Gazette; The Barnet & Potters Bar Press; The East Barnet Press & Advertiser; The Edgware & Mill Hill Press; The Hendon & Finchley Press and The Haringey Advertiser.

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