Associated cancels Xmas
THE NUJ is engaged in a recognition battle at
Ireland on Sunday, which is owned by the Associated
Newspapers, the Mail group.
So far the company has refused to recognise the NUJ and Irish
Secretary Séamus Dooley has lodged complaints of bullying by
senior editorial managers of staff and freelances.
IoS responded by cancelling Christmas, issuing a memo stating that all
journalists would have to work on the Monday before Christmas Day (Monday is
normally a non-working day and - the Freelance had to look
this up - Xmas is a Wednesday). All holiday leave was suspended,
public holidays would be treated as "normal working days" and
journalists would be required to work on Christmas Day.
The lack of
consultation and the attempt to set aside legal rights in relation to public
holidays are breaches of Irish
legislation and the matter has been referred for an urgent hearing of the
Séamus Dooley said Irish members were horrified by the naked hostility to
union members by IOS management. "We heard about the Mail in the past but
now we have seen their style for ourselves and realise just how bad this
crowd really are. Freelances, in particular, are terrified."