NUJ steps up pressure on Saudi group

By Dominic Ponsford

The NUJ has launched a campaign to help those affected by the
expected move of Saudi Research and Marketing publishing group from the
UK to Dubai.

A dozen staff are currently in dispute with the company, claiming
that it has reneged on contractual obligations over redundancy payouts.
Based at Arab Press House in London, it publishes the newspaper Asharq
Al Awsat and a number of magazines and is owned by Saudi royal Prince
Faisal.

According to the NUJ, over 100 journalists could lose their jobs when the company moves in the summer.

Sacked journalist Wahed Walehi received a standing ovation when he address the NUJ annual delegate meeting in Scarborough.

He
said: “If these jobs are lost most of us will have nowhere to go. Our
task is huge and the fight is unequal but we are determined to fight
this out.”

Delegates unanimously passed a motion stating: “In
order to take on one of the richest and most powerful families in the
world the NUJ has to seek the involvement of the IFJ, the Federation of
Arab Journalists and sister unions in a global campaign.”

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