Amnesty for abusive striker as Coventry journalists go back to work

Dominic Ponsford
Trinity Mirror has
promised no disciplinary action against a striker who was allegedly abusive to
another member of staff during the Coventry Newspapers strike which
ended today.
Journalists have agreed to go back to work after
25 days of striking at the Coventry Evening Telegraph and associated
weeklies after receiving assurances from Trinity Mirror that it would
look into some of their pay grievances.
In a statement, Coventry Newspapers managing director David Faulkner outlined the company’s position.
He said: “The company has heard and understands the concerns expressed by journalists during this dispute.
“We will be happy to discuss them and to attempt
to address them as part of the 2006 pay round and the discussions over
a new competency-based pay structure.”
The company has also made four assurances to staff:
“That no disciplinary action would be taken
against an individual member of staff over their abusive behaviour in
public towards another employee during the dispute.
“That the company would allow the NUJ to use the agreed statement in
their communications.
“That, at the first meeting to discuss the implementation of the
competency-based salary structure, the company would provide a timetable for that work.
“That, if staff returned to work on Wednesday, the company would honour
its commitment to bring forward the implementation of the new pay structure from May to April 2006.”
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “We had no hesitation in agreeing to the statement or confirming these
points as they are consistent with the company’s position throughout this dispute.
“We are pleased that the dispute has been
resolved and that staff have
agreed to return to work.
“We are committed to ensuring the ongoing quality of our newspapers and
the continued success of our business, and we look forward to working
with staff to achieve this.”

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