Post staff resolve differences with editor Campey

The row between journalists and Yorkshire Post editor Rachael Campey has been resolved.

Long-serving women’s editor Jill Armstrong has been given a new role as a feature writer and editor of monthly magazine Absolute Leeds.

The dispute at the Johnston Pressowned regional morning started last month when Armstrong was told the post of women’s editor was being scrapped. She was informed that she could apply for the vacant position of features editor but union members feared she would be made redundant.

Staff were unhappy because they said they were given assurances that there would be no job losses following Campey’s arrival as editor last year.

A motion was passed by the NUJ chapel stating: “The Yorkshire Post chapel has no confidence in the Yorkshire Post editor and authorises the chapel committee to make all necessary preparations for the possibility of a strike.”

Campey held talks with the union and on Friday sent an e-mail to staff informing them of Armstrong’s role.

NUJ North of England organiser Miles Barter said: “The fact that Jill’s job has been saved demonstrates the importance of people taking up individual issues collectively. I am sure the fact that the chapel took a strong stand focused the minds of management.

“The union still has concerns about the management style of the editor and that is something they will still keep an eye on.”

Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler said: “It’s an internal matter and it has been completely resolved.”

By Dominic Ponsford

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