Fire across the water

It is starting to spread.

Earlier today, I spoke to a well organised, tight and determined NUJ chapel at the Derry Journal. It was a pleasure to meet them.

Like us, they were left feeling that they had no alternative but to ballot for strike action after management said they needed to put seven people out of work. Also like us, they have a massive mandate for action, nearly 90 per cent voting in favour of a strike.

This is big for us for two reasons. Firstly, from the strength in solidarity the two chapels can draw from each other. But secondly, and more importantly, the owners can no longer claim the Leeds dispute is a local difficulty. Another group of workers have given a thumping rejection of JP’s management policies, letting the company know exactly what they think.

Our Derry brothers and sisters are busy planning their strike now, and, from what I heard today, it’s going to be a beauty. We stand side-by-side with them.

Respect, as always, to those who held the line today. Looking forward to getting back there tomorrow. Enjoy your Friday nights – you’ve deserved it. I’m off drinking with a Glaswegian and a bloke from Belfast. Remember those old jokes? There was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman………….

Until tomorrow. Big Love, Rich.

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