Sheffield journalists end 'work to rule' protest

By Dominic Ponsford

Journalists at the Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph this week
ended a two-week protest over workloads and non-replacement of staff.

They claimed that 12 editorial posts had not been replaced and
adopted a “working to rule” policy. This involved taking a screen break
together at 10am every day for 10 minutes, a full hour’s lunch break
and another screen break for 10 minutes from 3-3.10pm.

They also opted to work only their contracted hours.

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mother of the chapel at the Johnston Press-owned papers, Julia
Armstrong, said: “We decided we’ve made our protest and made our point.

Management have agreed to come back to us on all the points raised at a meeting in September.”

She
added that some new staff had come into editorial in recent weeks,
including two journalists and an editorial secretary working across
several departments. But she said: “We are still angry about the issue,
it hasn’t gone away.”

Armstrong said that staff were also keen to discuss workload management because many were working at a “hectic pace”.

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