NUJ welcomes recognition at openDemocracy

  • 27 May 2021

The union now has formal trade union recognition at the media outlet.

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Recognition means the NUJ will be able to collectively negotiate with the employer on behalf of a defined group of workers about pay and working conditions. Now that recognition has been granted amicably, representatives from the company and the union will work together to draw up a new recognition agreement.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The recognition of the NUJ at openDemocracy is fantastic news. We are very pleased to have come to an amicable decision and look forward to working collaboratively going forward. I would also like to offer congratulations to all the members who have worked at the outlet to achieve collective recognition and an independent voice at work."

Julian Richards, acting openDemocracy editor-in-chief, said:

"I'm very happy that we have a recognised union at openDemocracy. As a former Father of Chapel myself, I understand how important it is that colleagues have a collective voice and backup in their dealings with management. We won't always agree, but I hope that with mutual respect and goodwill we can help openDemocracy to thrive as well as making it an even better place to work."

Adam Bychawski, a staff representative for the union, said:

"We are really pleased that openDemocracy's NUJ chapel has been voluntarily recognised, unionising is crucial to achieving openDemocracy's mission of challenging power and inspiring change. openDemocracy strives to be accountable and intersectional and we are looking forward to working with management to ensure we live and breathe those values in our workplace.
"As an organisation we believe that a more secure, equitable and diverse media is vital to challenging injustice. With this agreement signed, we are eager to work together to build a model that inspires change across the industry."
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