Jonathan Lovett, FOC at the North London and Herts division of Tindle newspapers in Enfield, attended the meeting and reported that they were on the first day of strike action. Tindle newspapers now own a number of papers formerly owned by Trinity Mirror. It is a paternalistic company and early signs were hopeful but standards have fallen as staff who leave are not being replaced. It has now reached breaking point as the work of 7 reporters and 2 news editors is being done by 3 reporters and I news editor. The papers are reliant on the efforts of unpaid young people on work experience and after a year of negotiation members have not received the assurances they need. Jonathan Lovett said that they were heartened by public support for their campaign. There will be a three day strike and further action is planned.
It was agreed that that a donation of £400 be made to the chapel hardship fund and that the branch have contingency plans to make further donations of £50 per week.
Proposed Barbara Goulden, Seconded Chris Youett
Cheque for £400.00 was presented to North London and Herts Reps at meeting
New NUJ President
The branch welcomed the news that Michelle Stanistreet is the new President of the NUJ. She will take up post on July 1st. As a result there is a vacancy for the post of NUJ Deputy General Secretary. Applications' closing date is 30th June.
Christine Buckley editor to the Journalist is to attend the June branch meeting
Charles Atangana has won his appeal against Home Office plans to deport him to Cameroon.