A win at Newsquest Wales, strikes in London
FIRST, THE GOOD news: the NUJ now has a recognition agreement with the South Wales Argus, a Newsquest title - see here.
And the challenging news: on 9 September 71.4 per cent of staff at Newsquest titles in South London voted for strike action over company plans to put nearly all of the newsroom at risk of redundancy.
Watch www.nuj.org.uk for strike dates, on which you may find yourself unavailable, to the approbation of striking staff. Freelances who suffer hardship as a result of being unavailable should contact the striking Chapel.
While the benefits of Union recognition at the Argus will mostly be felt by staffers, there is good news for freelances too. Freelances who regularly do shifts at the newspaper may possibly now be able to get paid time off for NUJ Chapel activities (A "Chapel" in NUJ-speak is the unit of Union organisation based around a particular workplace.) Management are now legally required to allow an NUJ representative access to the premises to meet with members, including individual freelances.