Journalists across Johnston Press are to be asked if they are prepared to take industrial action as part of a consultative ballot on the company’s pay freeze.
The National Union of Journalists plans to ask members their views after the publisher announced earlier this month that its pay freeze would continue for another six months.
The consultative ballot has received backing from the Johnston Press group chapel, so the union can find out the strength of feeling among members about the pay freeze and staffing levels.
It will also ask if members are prepared to take industrial action and the results of the survey will be taken back to the company, with the aim of securing talks with management.
Details about the ballot are still being finalised but it is expected to be sent out to members in the next few weeks.
Scottish NUJ organiser Paul Holleran said: “It is about the structure of how they handle redundancies and staffing levels and also the pay freeze. The fact that there is a pay freeze on top of job cuts has been too much.
“I have met with the Scottish management and they have set up meetings with myself and other chapel officials, so in Scotland talks are already taking place.”
Johnston Press told staff earlier this month that its pay freeze would be extended by another six months, putting salary reviews on hold until July at the earliest.
Following the announcement, chapel representatives held a conference call last week to discuss what action to take.
Johnston Press had not responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.