NUJ welcomes recognition at Verso 

  • 15 Jul 2022

The union has secured trade union recognition at publishing house Verso.

Following extensive talks with the publishing company, the NUJ and Verso have agreed on this positive step. Recognition means the union can negotiate on staff pay and terms and conditions on behalf of employees at the company. 

Séamus Dooley, NUJ assistant general secretary, said: 

"This is a very positive step. Securing this recognition is down to the hard work of the chapel members. Our representatives have been determined to reach an agreement that allows members to benefit from the best possible terms at work. We look forward to Verso working in genuine partnership with the union, as talks begin."

The NUJ Verso chapel said: 

“We're really excited to be recognised and start negotiations. The publishing sector is having a moment of self examination and we're excited to join our colleagues who have already begun organising across the industry, including our colleagues in Verso’s US office. For over fifty years Verso Books has been a leading publisher of emancipatory politics. 

“In deciding to unionise, our staff looks to combine radical publishing with organising and real solidarity with the wider trade union movement. We hope that fellow book workers continue pushing for more dignified terms and conditions in their own workplaces.” 

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