Letter: The NUJ and the 'Daily Telegraph'

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Sir: In a report about the Daily Telegraph de-recognising the National Union of Journalists (31 July), you quoted the management as saying that it felt it did not need unions because it had developed a 'harmonious relationship' with staff since introducing

individual contracts two years

ago.

This is untrue. Last year, the company made 14 workers compulsorily redundant, and this resulted in industrial unrest that disrupted production. The dispute was resolved when the NUJ and the management went to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Since then, a majority of Telegraph workers have voted in favour of retaining union representation rights - human rights that have now been arbitrarily withdrawn.

Yours sincerely,

GLYN ROBERTS

NUJ Chapel official,

Daily Telegraph,

London, E14

3 August

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