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NUJ chapel demands ‘end to the insecurity and uncertainty’ at Express newspaper titles

October 22nd, 2009Posted by in Journalism, Newspapers

The NUJ Express Newspapers Chapel today called upon its group editorial director to address its next meeting, in a bid to ‘end to the insecurity and uncertainty that management keeps heaping on staff’.

Express Newspapers includes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Sunday Star. Its resolution in full, passed unanimously at today’s meeting of the NUJ Express Newspapers Chapel:

“This chapel calls on group editorial director Paul Ashford to address our next chapel meeting.

“We demand answers on the company’s vision of the future for the four titles; a comprehensive plan for their continued editorial functions; information on plans for the company websites and an end to the insecurity and uncertainty that management keeps heaping on staff.

“We do not accept compulsory redundancies and will fight long and hard for anyone being forced out of the company in this way.”

In August, Journalism.co.uk broke the news that Northern & Shell, owners of Express Newspapers and OK! magazine, had announced plans to make 70 journalists at its newspaper titles – Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Sunday Star – redundant.

The latest update was that the company has reduced the overall number of cuts at the newspapers from 90 to 75. This meant the number of journalism jobs cut would be reduced from 70 to between 52 and 57.

Journalism.co.uk will follow up with Express Newspapers tomorrow.

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