November 10, 2006 10:12 ET

Newspaper and Media Workers demand more flexible working

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - A recent survey by Amicus, the UK's main union for newspaper, publishing and media workers, shows a growing demand for flexible working among newspaper and media workers in London and the South East.

Along with a demand for more flexible working, opposition to long working hours, increased stress and lack of training were significant concerns along with the increasing pressures of trying to balance home life with work.

As an incentive for workers in these industries to take part in the web based survey, which was carried out in the summer, Amicus teamed up with the David Beckham Academy in London by offering young people between the ages of 8 and 15 places at the Academy.

The survey showed that flexible working is not solely a "women's" issue. Many male respondents put this issue high on their agenda as well. 30% of the respondents were women and stress and the lack of promotional opportunities were substantial issues facing them.

Among the respondents to the survey 27% were not union members and flexible working again resonates strongly amongst this group, but not surprisingly long hours and stress came second.

Steve Sibbald, Amicus National Officer for the Newspaper and Media services said:
"This was the first time we have conducted a survey in the industry and which gave us lots of information.

"These initial results from the data collected reaffirm many of the known issues facing UK workers today - stress, long working hours culture, lack of training and career development. Future organising campaigns will undoubtedly reflect this.

"The messages we have received from both parents and youngsters who attended the David Beckham Academy was that the winners had a great time and they congratulated Amicus on this initiative."

Over forty workforces across London and the South East participated and the feedback from Amicus union officers is that the survey had raised the profile of Amicus.


Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer
    Steve Sibbald
    07860 538537
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761