Union members at a regional daily have confirmed they will ballot for further strike action following a row over bonus payments.
Around 75pc of the editorial staff have taken part in two 48-hour strikes, the latest of which was last week, in a dispute over Newsquest’s continuing pay freeze.
Editor-in-chief Ian Murray sought to defend the bonus payments, saying those who did not take part in the two strikes had carried out extra duties and worked extra hours.
But the NUJ chapel said its pay dispute with management could have been ended if this money had been distributed evenly among all staff.
It is one of a number of chapels currently balloting or having voted for strike action, which could lead to a nationwide walkout on 6-7 January.
Mr Murray declined to comment on the latest strike ballot.