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Union advises PA members staff facing redundancy

30 September 2009

NUJ experts are holding surgeries today for Press Association (PA) editorial staff who are facing redundancy. The news agency is using the end of its contract with Teletext to make scores of journalists apply for their own jobs.

The surgeries go on until 7pm at The Wellington pub, Bridgegate, Howden in Yorkshire where PA employs hundreds of people.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern regional organiser, said:

"PA have been told that Associated Newspapers will close Teletext next year. So they have put scores of sports and news journalists at risk of either redundancy or having to take up new jobs with radically different working practices.
"That's caused a great deal of distress and we are here to help explain the law and to give people what reassurance we can.
"We hope the company will ask for volunteers for redundancy before forcing anyone to leave.
"The more people who come together in the NUJ – the more chance we have of fighting compulsory redundancies as we have in other places."

Lawrence Shaw, NUJ assistant organiser based in the north of England, said:

"Non-NUJ members are welcome to drop in today for initial advice and guidance on their situation. NUJ members can be represented by the union at any subsequent internal hearings if they want to be."

The advice surgeries will continue in Howden next Wednesday.

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