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Deal struck at Express Newspapers 22 April 2008

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NUJ members at Express Newspapers in London and Broughton have voted to accept a deal that lifts the imminent threat of further strike action at the Express and Star.

The deal will lead to long hoped for talks on productivity. The Journalists, who work for the Express and Star newspapers, have opposed moves by the company to outsource work over the past few years. Management has now agreed to discuss bringing work back in-house.

Journalists at the papers believe they stand to gain considerably from a potential agreement on outsourced work. Feisty meetings at both sites agreed to accept a pay rise of three per cent, which will be backdated to 1 January, to enable negotiators to enter into the talks.

It is expected that productivity savings will result in an improved deal for journalists at the company’s titles and have the potential to substantially improve job security.


London Central Branch member runs for DGS 13 April 2008

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London Central Branch member Michelle Stanistreet is running for the position of the union’s Deputy General Secretary. Freelance Organiser John Toner is the only other person to have so far declared.

Michelle is the Mother of the Daily Express and Star Chapel, as well as having been President of the union until ADM.

Applications for candidates are open until 15 May and ballot papers will then go out to members on 27 May.

London Central Branch is planning a hustings event where members can question the candidates. There is a possibility that this event will be done in conjunction with other London branches.

Michelle’s website isn’t up and running yet, but, if you’re on Facebook, you can join her group here: http://groups.to/michellestanistreet4dgs/

John Toner’s website is available at: http://www.votejohntoner.com/

Express strike suspended for talks 11 April 2008

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The planned strike at Express Newspapers in London and Preston on Friday has been suspended to allow room for further discussions with management.

The union is looking to re-open dialogue with the management, which has been criticised for its failure to engage with the real issues at the heart of the disagreement.

A further announcement is expected on Monday, which is likely to include details of further industrial action if no progress is made.

NUJ members in London and Preston staged a 24-hour walk-out last Friday as part of a dispute over a below inflation pay offer that management has tried to force on journalists without any meaningful consultation with the union.

A meeting of union members yesterday condemned the way that management has been dealing with the dispute, calling for the company to begin taking their concerns seriously.

More info: http://express-nuj.org.uk/

Investing in recruitment 9 April 2008

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London Central Branch voted unanimously at last night’s meeting to budget £2,500 towards a major recruitment campaign in London. Recruitment was recognised as the no. 1 priority for the union at the annual conference in Belfast over the weekend and London Central Branch is taking up the issue in a big way.

Plans and strategies for spending the money will be discussed at the next branch meeting – 13 May at Headland House. If you’ve got any ideas about what we could do or places we should focus on, please come along and join in the discussion.

Express and Star set for second strike 9 April 2008

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NUJ members at Express Newspapers in London and Preston are getting ready for a second 24-hour strike on Friday. Journalists at the company’s papers are angry that management is trying to force through a below inflation pay offer, without any meaningful negotiations with the union.

Last Friday, dozens of people joined picket lines outside the papers’ London office and Broughton site. You can read about the action here.

Members on the first strike were heartened to receive lots of messages of support from colleagues in the industry. You can help by sending a message backing Express and Star journalists to campaigns@nuj.org.uk.