Further strikes by journalists look set to take place at Newsquest titles after union members at three more centres voted for action.
Members of the National Union of Journalists in Bolton, Blackburn and Bradford have voted to walk out over the continuing pay freeze at the group and cuts.
NUJ Northern and Midlands assistant organiser Lawrence Shaw posted on Twitter that strike action had been voted for at the centres – with 100pc in favour at Blackburn, 74pc in Bolton and 90pc in Bradford.
It comes after 48-hour strikes this week by journalists at the Southern Daily Echo and Brighton’s The Argus and further votes taking place at other centres including York and Oxford – which could lead to a nationwide strike at Newsquest on 6-7 January.
The vote for action at Newsquest Bradford titles comes after they were told last month about a plan to merge the daily and weekly newsrooms – with 18 journalists under threat of redundancy and having to apply for 16 posts.
And NUJ members in Blackburn and Bolton are unhappy about the company’s continuing pay freeze – which has meant they have not had a rise since 2008.
Journalists at Newsquest Darlington have also voted to take strike action after plans to merge subbing teams were revealed.
And the NUJ announced earlier this month it was launching a national campaign against Newsquest to put collective pressure on the company.
Newsquest chief executive Paul Davidson was not available for comment at the time of publication.