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‘We are trying to save papers’ claim strikers

A group of striking journalists have insisted they have done what they can to save their titles in the wake of financial losses – but claim their ideas are falling on ‘deaf ears’.

Members of the National Union of Journalists chapel at Tindle Newspaper’s North London and Herts Newspapers in Enfield are now on the second of their two three-day strikes in protest at low staff numbers at the nine titles.

They decided to take the dispute to the company’s headquarters in Farnham this week, where they started a protest on Thursday morning.

And they have hit back at a statement from the company which said the journalists should work with management to make suggestions to help the newspapers deal with the huge losses, rather than go on strike.

Father of chapel Jonathan Lovett said journalists at the papers had constantly been coming up with ideas which could boost revenue the only one of these which was accepted was a monthly lifestyle magazine, In The Loop, which was launched as a supplement.

He said: “We have had a very successful first week. We have had lots of support.

“The support has been such a boost to us that we realised we are in the right about this. Any questions or doubts have gone and it is something we have to do.

“Our big innovation was to launch a monthly magazine. We had an idea for the magazine and wrote all the copy with the hope of bringing in extra revenue for the paper.

“We have had ideas for other magazines and innovations. We are constantly coming up with these ideas and initiatives and they are falling on deaf ears, apart from the monthly magazine.

“We are being presented as an obstruction to the papers and that we are sitting back and complaining but we are doing our best to get revenue in. We are putting in extra hours to do this and we are still being criticised. We are doing a lot to try to save these papers.”

The nine striking journalists want a guarantee that if any more staff members leave, they will be replaced and hope to have talks with management once the strikes are over.

Last week’s strike included a mock funeral procession through Enfield to mark what the union says is the slow death of the papers.

The Tindle board said last week that the losses at the Enfield centre could lead to it making its first journalists redundant since the recession started.  The company has so far not responded to requests for further comment.

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  • April 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    It’s not their job to come up with ideas and they’ve still seemingly been doing it. All credit to the journalists in the Enfield Nine and shame on the management for attempting to PR-spin the union’s reasons for striking.

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