Sunday Star must provide 'new jobs for new people'

Sunday Star: chapel warning

NUJ journalists at the Daily and Sunday Express and the Daily Star have told management that no staff from the papers or from parent company Northern & Shell will work in any capacity for the planned Sunday Star.

"A new title should mean new jobs for new people, not two jobs for few people," resolved the combined chapel. It added that no staff would "change their working practices and rotas to cover Saturdays".

The resolution was carried with no votes against and one abstention at a  meeting last week.

The company aims to base sub-editing and printing of the paper at its Broughton, Lancashire, print works, where it has proposed there will be a chief sub and six staff subs, plus 20 casuals on Saturdays.

The Ludgate House chapel is sceptical it can work and has asked for detailed plans. It is also concerned it will mean the company exploiting a cheap labour pool and wants to know who will be employed.

In London, there will be new senior executives in position but the NUJ is in further talks to establish the situation for reporters on news and sport.

The chapel "reluctantly" accepted a draft document on minimum casual rates, on the assurance that casuals currently enjoying higher rates will remain unaffected.

The chapel said it was determined to improve these minimum rates in future in line with annual salary negotiations. But these new rates are for London only and the chapel waits to hear what is being proposed for its new staff in the North.

By Jean Morgan

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