Peace breaks out at Evening Times

PEACE has broken out at the Evening Times over plans that staff absorb subbing and design duties at sister title, the West End Mail.

Last week, a meeting of the National Union of Journalists’ chapel at the paper submitted a grievance, following a demand by editor, Donald Martin, that the extra work be taken on – partly because the editor of the West End Mail is off, long-term, sick.

Arguably, it was a threat of dismissal, should the work be refused, that most prompted the meeting being called in the first place. But within a few hours of the meeting, hopes were high of a resolution. That appeared soon after, with a joint statement being issued by John McCann, the NUJ father of chapel at the Evening Times, and Martin. Clearly, talks had quickly become much more civilised.

As reported in an e-alert sent by on Friday evening, the statement reads: “We are delighted that the collective grievance raised yesterday [Thursday] by the Evening Times chapel has been resolved swiftly and amicably through full co-operation between managers, other staff and the union.

“The chapel has today recorded a unanimous vote withdrawing the collective grievance.

“Staff at the centre of the dispute are fully satisfied with the outcome and look forward to working in partnership in the future.”