The media industry’s first all-out strike in decades has seen journalists working for Johnston Press titles in South Yorkshire, including Doncaster Free Press and the Selby Times, take over a month’s worth of action.
National Union of Journalists (NUJ) activists have accused the company of failing to act “humanely” towards its employees; it has so far refused to negotiate on any of the workers’ grievances and is pushing ahead with its plans to make across-the-board job cuts, including the merging of three titles into one under a single editor.
Richard Parker, NUJ members at the Selby Times, said "The sense of unity among NUJ branch members, and the overwhelming level of public support, has been astonishing. It convinces us we're right to take this important stand, and that we must keep fighting for the future of local journalism."
Darren Burke, a member of the chapel committee, said "Our Members still feel as resolute as they did on day one. The longer this goes on the more determined our members will become.”
Please send messages of support to the strikers from your union branch.
• Donations to Account name: DFP NUJ Chapel. No: 35630388. Sort code: 60-06-39
• Messages of support can be sent to one of the reps at firstname.lastname@example.org, copy in email@example.com.
• Invite an NUJ striker to speak at your next union branch/ campaign meeting by emailing Darren Burke (address above).