Halifax Courier editor criticised for crossing picket line

Journalists at the Halifax Courier have criticised their editor for allowing Halifax copy to fill the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post during the recent strike.

More than 140 journalists in Leeds recently held two four-day strikes in protest at compulsory redundancies and declining quality.

During the strike, papers went out as normal. The National Union of Journalists has already branded the Press Association an “electronic strike-breaker” for supplying extra copy and subbing.

Now, the Halifax Courier’s chapel has complained at their copy being used to fill their fellow Johnston Press titles 16 miles away.

In a letter to editor John Furbisher, seen by Press Gazette, the chapel wrote: “The Courier chapel wishes to register its protest in the strongest possible terms about the use of our members’ work to fill the pages of any publication involved in the current dispute between Yorkshire Post Newspapers and Johnston Press.

“We are also deeply disappointed that you crossed the picket line in Leeds on February 19.

“We have some sympathy with the difficult position editors find themselves in when faced with picket lines outside their offices.

“But the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post are not your papers.”

Furbisher delined to comment when contacted by Press Gazette.

Further one-day strikes are planned in Leeds tomorrow, and Saturday.

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