Rotherham Advertiser Victimisation

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chapel (branch) at the Rotherham Advertiser have agreed to take strike action on Thursday 11 June. The 24-hour walkout is in response to the decision by the new chief executive, Nick Alexander, to target the NUJ’s Father of Chapel (FoC, shop steward) for compulsory redundancy. FoC Phil Turner has worked for the company for more than 30 years and is a long-serving trade union representative.  Phil is the only person who has been dismissed among editorial staff and was told on Wednesday 27 May. The union is appealing this decision and demanding the company withdraw the threat of redundancy immediately.

Protection from bullying management is fundamental to journalistic freedom.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said: “There is still time for the company to think again and I hope very much they do so that a sensible outcome can be arrived at. The NUJ is ready and willing to talk but it cannot be with this dismissal notice hanging over the FoC’s head.”

The NUJ is asking supporters to send respectful messages of protest to Rotherham Advertiser chief executive Nick Alexander  Please copy in and send messages of support and solidarity to and   You may wish to use messages sent from SUCU Committee as a template.