Union members at South Yorkshire Newspapers remain defiant as they enter the sixth week of strike action in protest at plans by Johnston Press to cut staff.
A number of journalists from the group of titles have been on indefinite strike action since 15 July, manning picket lines outside the offices of their newspapers. Titles affected by the cuts include the South Yorkshire Times, Selby Times, Doncaster Free Press, Epworth Bells and Goole Courier.
The proposals by Johnston Press will see a total of 18 jobs lost within the group. It would see the South Yorkshire Times , Goole Courier and Selby Times run under a single editor.
Speaking to HTFP from the picket line union member Kathryn Farr said members were determined to carry on with the strike as long as it took to make the company sit up and listen.
Said Kathryn: ”We still believe in what we are doing. Everyone has their moments but we are all upbeat. Nobody is faltering, we are all resolute in what we are doing.
“The general feeling is that we will go on as long as it takes – none of us want to give up and we are all still very determined to engage in talks with the company.
“One thing that is keeping everyone positive six weeks on is that we are still getting massive support from everyone.
She added: “We are still determined to succeed in this and get some sort of result and will stay out on strike for as long as it takes.”
Since the strikes, the newspapers have been produced by skeleton staff, with the union claiming that work experience students and freelancers are being used to produce the papers.
Some members of staff have already been made redundant, including former editor of the South Yorkshire Times, Jim Oldfield, who is appealing his redundancy, and the sports editor of the Doncaster Free Press.
Johnston Press did not wish to comment.