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January 08, 2008

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paulflynn

I am holding fire until I have met management. I believe we must initiate some action to ensure that the people of Gwent know that they have a ruthless, mean rogue employer in the area. Perhaps potentia employees should have a health warning before joining the company. Please keep in touch.

Lawrence Shaw

Hi Paul,

Where we have unionisation, we generally attempt to win enhanced redundancy terms. However, as a former Gannett employee myself, I know they are completely uncaring when it comes to terminating employment and sadly they will do the absolute minimum to ensure every penny can go to the bottom line profits.

I had heard through Rosemary Butler's office that you are meeting with management, and while the NUJ is not (yet!) recognised for the purposes of collective bargaining at the South Wales Argus, if there is anything I can do to assist, just give me a call.

Good luck!

Lawrence Shaw
NUJ Wales Organiser
lawrences@nuj.org.uk

paulflynn

Thanks Lawrence. It's desperately sad. I remember many Argus journalists who gave their talents to the paper that they held in high regard.

There are only a tiny number of those who went on strike in 1986 that still around. The contrast between those proud years and the present demoralisation is stark and a warning to all unionised workplaces.

On Friday I will see management. I believe they are behaving abominably for the reasons you give. It all about profit. Is it usual to give just statutory redundancy without any top-up from a solvent prosperous company in your industry?

Lawrence Shaw

Hi Paul,

Just to let you know the NUJ is not dead and gone! In fact, in the last quarter, our membership in Wales has increased!

We welcome your comments on the voracious profiteering by Gannett.

The South Wales Argus performs a vital community service to Newport and has a team of dedicated and professional journalists.

However, Gannett is more interested in increasing the profit margins at any cost. It is worth bearing in mind these profits effectively come from the local advertisers and readers in Newport.

We need greater powers to hold these media owners to account for what they are doing, or this kind of thing will continue to happen.

Regards

Lawrence Shaw
NUJ Wales Organiser
lawrences@nuj.org.uk

paulflynn

Thanks Matt.

I do not think that will be necessary. There is understanable nervousness about the new allowances that should not be used for party political purpose. the rules for that have been transferred to websites that were previously permitted to express campaigning views. I have always avoided overt party propaganda. But it's very restrictive to be denied the chance of being critical of other politicians.

Even without the censors, the political sites will die of boredom anyway.

Matt W

Does that mean if we all go onto the "supervised" websites and say lots of derogatory things about MPs it will keep all the censors occupied?

Hmmm.

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