Strikers take their message to PA ‘factory’

STRIKING Leeds-based journalists have today taken their message about declining newspaper coverage and job losses directly to the Press Association – at their “news factory” in Howden, East Yorkshire.

PA staff will be handed leaflets explaining the position and the implications of the extra work they are doing to keep the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post on the streets.

NUJ organiser Jenny Lennox said: “We were stunned by the sophistication of the Press Association strike-breaking operation. They produced pages based on the papers’ usual templates.”

“It has made us more determined than ever to recruit PA journalists into the union.”

Many former Yorkshire Post staff work for the PA, including former editor Tony Watson.

Leeds journalists fear that PA will this weekend again use material sent from Leeds by a few strike-breaking journalists and extra dedicated reporters covering the papers’ editorial areas.

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