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Newsquest unrest spreads with further strike vote

The growing tide of unrest at Newsquest titles has spread further with journalists in York now voting for strike action, while further centres will take part in ballots.

National Union of Journalist members at Newsquest York, which publishes The Press, have voted to walk out over the group’s ongoing pay freeze.

And journalists at Glasgow’s The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action over plans to axe around 10 editorial posts to make savings, while the chapel in Warrington has also voted for a strike ballot.

They join the increasing number of NUJ chapels voting to take strike action, including those in Bolton, Blackburn and Bradford, which could lead to co-ordinated nationwide action taking place on 6 and 7 January.

NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “Newsquest and their American owners have been relentless in their pursuit of higher profits at the expense of quality journalism and their staff have simply had enough.

“The growing anger amongst journalists throughout the group and their determination to bring the company to the negotiating table is clear.

“Just this week members in Southampton and Brighton have been on strike and colleagues on sister titles will soon join with them for more industrial action.

“They have the full backing of everyone in the NUJ in their battle to save jobs, for a fair pension deal and a long-overdue salary increase that reflects the vital work they do.”

An Early Day Motion has now been launched by the NUJ Parliamentary Group supporting members at Newsquest and urging the company to enter into meaningful discussions with the union.

Newsquest chief executive Paul Davidson was not available for comment.

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  • December 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm
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    Newsquest chief executive Paul Davidson was not available for comment. Because he’s on the way to the bank with his 21% pay rise? Or is he still on holiday?

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  • December 10, 2010 at 10:32 am
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    Pity some of the hacks in other newspaper companies can’t find a little more resolve. They are in just as big a mess- only getting on the streets by abusing the unpaid goodwill of staff too professional to accept the mangling of their papers by accountants.

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  • December 13, 2010 at 9:40 am
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    Wow, if the strike goes ahead there will only be one or two journalists left in the office! (Just like every other day, come to think.)

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