Journalists who have gone back to work after an eight-week strike say readers will now get the news coverage they ‘expect and deserve.’
On their first day back at work on Thursday they condemned the standard of the newspapers produced in their absence, claiming two major stories had been missed in the South Yorkshire Times, where former editor Jim Oldfield was made redundant by the company last month.
One was a story on the death of Mexborough boy Matthew Cartwright who died aged eight on Tuesday 30 August after apparently falling in to a canal on Bank Holiday Monday, and the other was about high-profile local boxer Gwyn Wale who was left fighting for his life after being stabbed through the heart on 25 August.
The chapel also claims that the Doncaster Free Press was four weeks late in reporting a story about the local council’s creation of an ‘ASBO buster’ squad – a story that was broke in the striker’s newsletter News of the Don.
Strikers at both papers claim they were fully aware of all the stories that were missed.
A union member said: “Frankly the papers produced in the time we were on the picket line were simply shoddy. These are only the most recent examples of stories missed or pinched from our newsletters during the last eight weeks.
“Our readers are used to so much better and now we’re back at work we will be able to give them the hard hitting up to date news coverage they expect and deserve.”
Johnston Press did not wish to comment.
The strikers returned to work following a unanimous ballot to allow for the start of negotiations with the company.
The chapel has not ruled out the possibility of further industrial action.