NUJ calls off Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News strike over redundancies

Journalists at National World titles in Scotland including The Scotsman will no longer go on strike over compulsory redundancies.

National Union of Journalists members at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News and National World’s Scottish weeklies including The Falkirk Herald and Milngavie and Bearsden Herald voted to strike last week.

They objected to plans for compulsory redundancies within a digital-first restructure at National World titles across the UK. The plan will see around 30 jobs at legacy titles cut, with about the same number of digital roles created at National World’s city websites.

On Monday the NUJ announced strike dates for Friday 26 August and Friday 2 September had been agreed for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News. The dates did not apply to the weekly titles where negotiations had remained ongoing.

The strike dates that had been announced have now been called off. Two NUJ members are being made redundant compulsorily but it has been said that they did not want the strike action to take place.

John Toner, the NUJ national organiser for Scotland, said: “We have decided to withdraw the plans for strikes on the dates we have announced.  Our reason for doing so is that the members affected do not wish the union to pursue industrial action on their behalf.

“However, there are issues arising from the jobs losses, and we have approached the company for an urgent meeting to discuss these in detail.”

Toner said the issues included the restructure and the fact that there will be fewer staff: “We need information about how this will affect workloads and working hours,” he explained.

The NUJ previously said last week’s ballot result gave it the mandate to seek industrial action at any time in the next six months.

National World has received formal notification that the NUJ is no longer planning strike action.

A spokesperson for the company said: “National World has consistently held the view that industrial action is not in the best interests of our staff or the business and we are pleased the NUJ has seen this to be the case.

“We hope this marks the opportunity to move forward in a constructive manner as we restructure the business for a successful future embracing the opportunities for growing digital and ensuring a sustainable model for print.”

The cancellation of the strike means staff at two major publishers in Scotland will no longer be taking industrial action on the same day next week.

NUJ members at Reach, which in Scotland owns the Daily Record, Sunday Mail, Perthshire Advertiser, Stirling Observer, Dumfries and Galloway Standard and Live websites including Edinburgh Live, are on strike on Friday 26 August which would have overlapped with the action at The Scotsman.

Reach journalists across the UK and Ireland are also striking on Wednesday 31 August and for 48 hours on 14 and 15 September, and will carry out action short of a strike under “work to rule”, meaning following contracted working hours only, from 1 to 13 September. However they are striking over a 3% pay rise offer rather than redundancies.

Mother, 31, is slammed after revealing she waxes her three-year-old's eyebrows - but she insists her daughter ASKS her do it and it will 'stop her from being bullied' as she grows up

Lewis Hamilton hoping to maintain pace after ‘dull’ Japanese Grand Prix practice

Nicola Sturgeon hits back at JK Rowling accusation: I’m a real feminist

Chris Pratt’s Super Mario voice confounds fans as first trailer for movie adaptation drops

Bitcoin Miner Marathon Digital Unfazed by $81.3M Exposure to Bankrupt Data Center

The Bachelorette's Ali Oetjen pulls out of upcoming celebrity boxing match following quadricep injury: 'My body screamed out'

Shackleton’s lost ship ‘could be raised from under sea off Antarctica’

Is the housing market already starting to slow? Average property price drops for the second time in three months from record high as mortgage rates soar past 6 per cent

Woman mortified after buying van with 80k on clock - then discovered it had done 250,000 miles

Video: Graham Norton is 'set to reveal the Eurovision 2023 UK host city' with Sam Ryder on The One Show - as Glasgow and Liverpool battle it out

Summer 2022 saw Britain's deadliest EVER heatwave: Saharan 40C temperatures triggered extra 3,000 deaths, official figures reveal

'I love not having bills falling through my letterbox': Mother-of-two, 42, reveals how she is avoiding cost of living crisis by staying in a TENT during the summer months and house-sitting in winter

Meet Updown Girl: 10-year-old child buried in Kent in the 7th century was of West African descent - suggesting England was more diverse than previously thought in the Middle Ages

Death figures reveal Netherlands has almost 45,000 coronavirus deaths

Super Mario Bros Movie: who’s in the cast with Chris Pratt, first film trailer - and new 2023 release date

'All eventualities planned for' on energy this winter, says government which 'does not expect blackouts'

NEWS RELATED

New York Coffee Festival back on the grind with robust post-pandemic event

Something hot is brewing in Manhattan. The New York Coffee Festival returns for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, kicking off Friday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. At the three-day event that runs through Sunday, caffeine addicts will get a chance to sample unlimited coffee, hear live ...

View more: New York Coffee Festival back on the grind with robust post-pandemic event

A third of Black women missed school photo day due to race-based hair discrimination

A new study found that a third of respondents said offensive comments came from teachers

View more: A third of Black women missed school photo day due to race-based hair discrimination

Top rugby team and media pioneer announce union ahead of key fixture

ROUTE MEDIA continued its growth across Wales by forging a new partnership with a leading rugby team. The Cardiff-based company and the Scarlets will launch their partnership this Saturday, as the team take on Cardiff Rugby. Route Media sales director Dean Jones believes key relationships such as this one will ...

View more: Top rugby team and media pioneer announce union ahead of key fixture

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen exhibits her burgeoning baby bump in a black top and yellow plaid overshirt as she goes make-up free for family outing in LA

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen exhibited her burgeoning baby bump as she stepped out with her husband John Legend and their children in Beverly Hills on Thursday. The model, 36, cut a trendy figure in a black top and a yellow plaid overshirt which she teamed up with black leggings, while going make-up ...

View more: Pregnant Chrissy Teigen exhibits her burgeoning baby bump in a black top and yellow plaid overshirt as she goes make-up free for family outing in LA

Sexual health services ‘overburdened following monkeypox outbreak’

The arms and torso of a patient whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to monkeypox (PA Media) Sexual health providers have warned they’re becoming critically overburdened and need additional funding following the monkeypox outbreak, according to reports. Clinics have said that on average 25 to 30 per ...

View more: Sexual health services ‘overburdened following monkeypox outbreak’

Column: No matter what happens in the midterms, Republicans won’t correct their troubling trajectory

Brace yourself: Voting is underway and we’re just one month away from what will likely be the most consequential midterm elections in years. Certainly the most consequential of the 10 cycles I’ve covered over four decades, perhaps second only to the 1994 elections that gave Republicans control of both houses ...

View more: Column: No matter what happens in the midterms, Republicans won’t correct their troubling trajectory

Video: Mother, 31, is slammed after revealing she waxes her three-year-old's eyebrows - but she insists her daughter ASKS her do it and it will 'stop her from being bullied' as she grows up 

The best beaches in Tuscany

Elba, Tuscany Many visitors to Tuscany head into the mainland without a second thought for the verdant coastline that lies in wait. Better for us insiders. Although some parts of it are marred by 1970s overdevelopment, there are still plenty of tiny coves, acres of National Park, and white ...

View more: The best beaches in Tuscany

TikTok community is embracing small businesses in the UK

Perodua sold 24,626 units in September 2022, YTD figures up 64.9%

Mercedes A-Class gets a quick nip-and-tuck in latest update

Lesley Manville says ‘naughty’ Judi Dench once made her laugh so much she wet herself on stage

Cody Simpson reveals whether or not he will return to music if his swimming career goes bust - ahead of Australian National Anthem performance

Artist Dame Rachel Whiteread wins Robson Orr TenTen Award for Covid-themed work

‘He has remained very damaged’: Kate Garraway details husband Derek Draper’s difficult recovery from Covid

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Japan Open just MINUTES before his quarter final clash with Taylor Fritz because of knee issue

Shocking moment have-a-go-heroes tackle phone robbers for two minutes with no cops in sight before one pulls knife

The most scenic drives in Tuscany

Molly Russell’s father calls for independent regulation of online platforms

Nadia Bartel dons chic black coat and gets a touch up from her glam squad ahead of outing in Melbourne - after revealing she's ready to return to public life after white powder scandal

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network