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Stephanie Kerstein


Posted: August 3rd, 2022

Stephanie Kerstein became a member-nominated trustee in 2021.

Stephanie had to leave school and get a job after her ‘O’ levels to help with family finances. During a stint of temping she was sent to the Daily Mirror. “It was a dream come true. I was thrilled to work at my parents’ favourite paper, which was in its heyday back in the Sixties.”

Eventually Stephanie became full-time secretary to the circulation manager of the Daily and Sunday Mirror. She later worked for the news editor of Thomson Regional Newspapers, and as secretary to the managing news editor of The Sunday Times. She was made redundant in 1979 during the eleven-month dispute over new technology.

Her union found her a job at IPC magazines to tide her over during the dispute, and when the dispute was resolved, found her a better job as secretary to the Sunday Mirror sports editor. It was the best move she ever made.

Later, Stephanie became a researcher in the Mirror’s Live Letters department, a job that she loved. Maxwell killed the column and made her (and others) redundant. She left with a payout but was told her pension was frozen and she would probably get nothing when she eventually retired. Stephanie spent her redundancy money on a computing course and got a job as editorial administrator at The Guardian, where she remained until she took voluntary redundancy and retired in 2010.

“I enquired about my frozen Mirror pension and was over the moon to find I was entitled to a lump sum and a monthly pension, thanks to the magnificent efforts of the AMP, who had helped to recover a good deal of the money Maxwell had stolen.”

Stephanie was a keen union member of the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants, and was Mother of the Chapel at The Guardian. She has two degrees from the Open University, and spent five years as a City of London Magistrate. Stephanie lives near Epping Forest, where she walks her dog Harvey. She also participates in the University of the Third Age, and volunteers at Barts Hospital and for the local library.

“Times are hard but the trustees are determined to get a fair and just deal for the pensioners, which they deserve.”

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