Unanimous Enfield Nine vote for strike in North London
FoC Jonathan Lovett leads colleagues and supporters through Enfield during the April strike 'funeral' for quality local journalism - © Private
15 June 2011
Journalists at Sir Ray Tindle's North London and Herts Newspapers have voted unanimously for strike action in their continuing dispute over staffing levels and quality journalism.
The Enfield Nine went on strike in April for a fortnight because just three reporters were being tasked with turning out nine local papers, undermining their commitment to provide quality local news and information.
Since then, one of the three reporters has handed in her notice, and there is no indication that she will be replaced. Following the April strike, the NUJ sought to resolve the issue of staffing levels through negotiation, but without success.
The Enfield chapel has held another NUJ ballot for strike action. The unanimous vote for action includes the papers' editor, who joined the ballot for the first time.
There has been huge local support from readers, community groups and politicians for the action taken so far by the Enfield strikers.
There is a chapel blog with updated information on the dispute.
North London & Herts Newspapers comprises: The Enfield Advertiser, The Edmonton Advertiser & Herald, The Winchmore Hill Advertiser & Herald, The Haringey Advertiser, The Enfield Gazette, The Barnet & Potters Bar Press, The East Barnet Press & Advertiser, The Edgware & Mill Hill Press, The Hendon & Finchley Press.