Journalists at a series of Newsquest-owned titles are to take further strike action this week despite signs of a thaw in the company’s pay freeze.
As reported on HoldtheFrontPage before Christmas, the publisher has made pay offers of 2pc to journalists at its centres in Bradford, Darlington, York and Glasgow.
However it is not yet clear whether the offers, which have not been accepted by any of the centres affected, will apply to titles across the group.
As a result, National Union of Journalists members at several centres still plan to take co-ordinated strike action this Thursday and Friday although it is by no means certain all Newsquest chapels will take part.
In addition, it is understood that the NUJ chapels in Warrington, Bolton and Darlington are also set to join the co-ordinated protest, with the Warrington Guardian, Bolton News and Northern Echo among titles affected.
NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said it would become clear over the next 24 hours exactly how many chapels were taking part in the action.
He said: “It is each individual chapel that is making up its own mind. They are deciding for themselves what they want to do. It is a decision for each chapel.”
The Southampton chapel had already decided to take part in the co-ordinated protest, but decided to add a further day of action due to the row over bonus payments to staff who crossed the picket line during an earlier stoppage.
A press statement issued by the Echo chapel described the extra day as “a bonus for managers at the paper.”
No-one from Newsquest has so far responded to requests for a comment.