Journalists could go on strike at Wales’s biggest newspaper in a bid to win union recognition for the National Union of Journalists.
Union members are balloting after three years of failed efforts to agree a recognition deal with management at the Western Mail & Echo.
Management currently has a recognition deal with the Amicus union – but it does not cover journalists.
The 130-strong chapel also called on national officers to seek intensive negotiations with local management with a view to achieving an acceptable recognition agreement.
An NUJ spokesman said: “We have held talks with management and Amicus officials but they have resulted in only limited progress, with fundamental issues surrounding pay and conditions and the potential for industrial action in the future remaining major obstacles.
“It is with great reluctance that members have agreed to a ballot for industrial action.”
The company’s five representatives on the company’s works forum and its sub committees resigned earlier this year in protest at the lack of progress.
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