OpenDemocracy staff sign union agreement
openDemocracy has agreed to voluntarily recognize an employee union.
Staff and management signed an agreement last week formalizing the establishment of a National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chapel within the organization.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said: “NUJ’s recognition of openDemocracy is great news. We are very happy to have reached an amicable decision and look forward to working together in the future. I also want to congratulate all of the members who have worked at the point of sale to achieve collective recognition and an independent voice at work.
Julian Richards, Acting Editor-in-Chief of OpenDemocracy, said: “I am very happy that we have a recognized union at openDemocracy. As a former chapel father myself, I understand how important it is that colleagues have a collective voice and support in their dealings with management. We won’t always agree, but I hope that with mutual respect and goodwill we can help openDemocracy thrive and make it an even better place to work.
Adam Bychawski, a staff representative for the union, said: “We are really happy that the NUJ openDemocracy Chapel has been voluntarily recognized, organizing is crucial to achieving the openDemocracy mission of challenging power and inspire change.
openDemocracy strives to be responsible and intersectional and we look forward to working with management to ensure we live and breathe these values in our workplace.
As an organization, we believe that safer, fairer and more diverse media are essential to fight injustice. With the signing of this agreement, we look forward to working together to build a model that inspires change in the industry. “