Journalists at Newsquest titles in Hampshire have voted to take strike action over the company’s continuing pay freeze.
Around 45 National Union of Journalists’ members took part in the ballot which resulted in 78pc support for strike action and 95pc support for action short of a strike.
The vote follows recent publication of the company’s accounts showing that one director received a 21.5pc pay rise last year.
NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “Newsquest’s continuing attacks on its own journalists combined with greed in the boardroom has been truly exposed. The business remains profitable but consistently fails to fairly reward staff.
“It is not acceptable for the company to continue attacking pay and conditions and treat the workforce with such contempt. Our members have simply had enough and this has been shown in the ballot result.”
As well as the pay freeze, Newsquest is proposing to close its final salary pension scheme which may lock salary levels for pensionable pay at rates set in 2007.
The company has yet to respond to requests for a comment.