A journalists’ pay cut introduced for a temporary four-month period last November is set to continue for a further six months.
Editorial staff at the Oldham Evening Chronicle had their pay effectively reduced by 7pc over the period 1 December 2012 to 31 March in return for an extra week’s holiday.
Now bosses at the paper have confirmed they are in discussions with staff to extend the arrangement until the end of September.
It is understood that staff were informed of the move by letter on Monday afternoon.
The paper’s owners Hirst Kidd and Rennie Ltd said in a statement: “Like many newspapers, we’re finding that there is no glimmer of light at the end of the recession tunnel and that advertising revenue is likely to fall again this year.
“For that reason we are now in the process of consulting staff in order to extend the reduction in pay introduced last year.”
It is not clear whether staff are being offered any further additional holidays in return for the pay cut.
According to the most recent ABC figures, the Chronicle’s circulation fell 11.9pc in the period July to December 2012 compared to the previous year.
The newspaper, which has been in the Hirst family since the 1850s, now sells an average 12,019 copies a night.