A few words from Michelle Stanistreet deputy NUJ general secretary from the picket line today, she said: “I’ve come here today to show support for our union members bravely standing up to say ‘enough is enough’ and that the communities they serve deserve better.
“The fact that you have really dire circumstances at this chapel – low levels of staff churning out nine titles a week – is testament to the members’ passion for the communities they serve.
“Were hoping that Sir Ray Tindle is going to come to his senses and sit back down at the table to negotiate meaningfully and end this action, which nobody wanted.
“If Sir Ray has the commitment he says he has to quality local journalism he should maintain staffing levels that allow journalists to do their job – we need more than lip service.
“Unfortunately some companies are seizing the economic crisis as an opportunity to make cutbacks, while making healthy profits – using the decline as an excuse.
“Everyone working or living in this local area knows what a valued role the newspapers play. Democracy will flounder without that role. These members are not just doing it for themselves they’re doing it because they are passionate about quality journalism. Anyone is welcome to join the picket line and demonstrations and add their support.”
The nine members of the NUJ at North London and Herts Newspapers, including the Enfield Advertiser Series, Barnet Press Series and Haringey Advertiser are planning a mass demonstration tomorrow (April 20) from noon at Refuge House, 9-10 River Front, Enfield, EN1 3SZ (just opposite Enfield Town railway station).
The demonstration will feature a funeral procession through Enfield Town, the grim reaper and a priest reading out the last rites over the corpse of our newspapers.
We hope you can join us in our fight for survival!