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York union chapel to meet every morning till June

Journalists in York have announced they are to hold union meetings every day until the middle of June in the fight against job cuts.

Newsquest York announced it was axeing four journalists’ jobs last month.

The names of the people being made redundant were announced last Thursday 19 March and included two National Union of Journalists members.

The following day the NUJ chapel held a meeting that started at noon and went on until everyone’s shifts had finished.

It has since held another ballot which this week returned a vote of 89pc in favour of strike action and 94pc in favour of action short of a strike.

As a result the chapel has now given management notice of its intention to hold mandatory union meetings at 9.15am every day until 15 June.

Jenny Lennox, NUJ assistant organiser, said: “Last summer the journalists at Newsquest York went on strike over pay and during that time they built strong bonds of friendship.

“They are determined not to let management pick them off for redundancy.”

No-one from Newsquest York has so far responded to requests for a comment.