Journalists at two South Coast dailies are to hold a further two days of strike action next week.
Echo journalists are taking action over the company’s ongoing pay freeze, while Argus staff are protesting over job losses arising from the centralisation of the paper’s subbing operation in Southampton.
The move follows earlier two-day stoppages at both titles earlier this month.
Members of the National Union of Journalists at the Southampton-based Daily Echo previously went on strike for two days on 9-10 November over the pay dispute.
Two further days of action, which were set to take place on 16-17 November, were cancelled by the union after management announced it was prepared to hold talks with the union.
However Echo editor Ian Murray made clear ahead of the meeting, which took place yesterday, that the pay freeze would not be up for discussion.
Now the union has given the company formal notice of two days of industrial action after the meeting ended with no offer being made to staff.
David Brine, father of the Southern Daily Echo chapel, said: “Strike action is always a last resort but we feel they have been left with no alternative.
“We accepted a pay freeze for the first year but the healthy profit made by the company on the back of our members’ work has blown a hole in their argument that the wage freeze should remain. We should share in the fruits of our labours.”
The planned two-day stoppage at The Argus follows an earlier 48-hour strike on 18-19 November.
Six sub-editors’ jobs are being lost as a result of the planned move of production operations to Southampton.
No-one from Newsquest has yet responded to requests for a comment on the stoppages.