Telegraph staff vote union back in

Journalists at Telegraph Newspapers have voted by a huge majority to be represented by the NUJ.

In a ballot of staff and regular casuals, they voted by 361 to 34 – a majority of 91 per cent – for recognition. This came despite Telegraph management claiming collective bargaining was “more suited to the factory” than newspapers (Press Gazette: 21 March).

The ballot was held jointly with management under an agreement brokered by the government’s Central Arbitration Committee.

The Telegraph scrapped its agreements with the NUJ in the Nineties, as part of the wave of derecognition which swept through the newspaper industry. The chapel was relaunched and the company approached for an agreement in December 2001.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “This is a fantastic result – the biggest and one of the most significant recognition agreements the NUJ has won for years.”

By Jon Slattery

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