28 May 2004

Resolution of Telegraph Dispute

The National Union of Journalists has successfully concluded negotiations with management at the Belfast Telegraph.

As a result of this outcome the union has confirmed to the company that the threat of industrial action has been withdrawn. In a statement the Irish Organiser Des Fagan said: "Following local negotiations, proposals to improve the original management offer were accepted. The proposals include additional holidays and a further editorial pay review in addition to the 3% increase".

Mr. Fagan paid tribute to the determined stand taken by the chapel and acknowledged the widespread support given to the 48-hour work stoppage which led to a breakthrough in the talks.

NUJ members in Belfast strike

Journalists on the Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, and Community Telegraph held a 48 hour strike over pay on 7 May. Please check here for updates on further action.

The chapel would obviously appreciate it if any freelances asked to cover at such times were unavailable. Any freelances who suffer hardship while being unavailable contact the Chapel through me at NUJManchester@nuj.org.uk and we'll see what can be done. Please send messages of support to Father of Chapel Bob Miller: email rjmiller@btinternet.com

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