Trade union recognition at Vice UK
27 April 2016
In response to Vice's statement rejecting a push for union recognition reported in the Guardian.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The accusation that the NUJ has not been transparent in its discussions with Vice management is simply untrue. It’s a shame that the company has proven so resistant to listening to its own staff and facilitating what they want – a collective voice at work. That the NUJ and it’s 30,000 members – including those at Vice - are not used to the reality of a digital workforce is laughable and shows it’s the company who are out of date with 21st century trade unions. Rejecting calls for union recognition from their own journalists and then trying to fob them off with a Rupert Murdoch-style staff association is a pretty old-fashioned union-busting ruse that misses the point. NUJ officials and reps at Vice will continue with the push for recognition and if the company wants that to be gained through the law forcing their hand rather than through sensible engagement with their staff, so be it."