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Newsquest journalists to go on strike next week

Journalists at a series of Newsquest-owned titles in South London are to go on strike next Wednesday and Thursday in a dispute over job cuts.

According to the National Union of Journalists, up to 12 jobs are at risk of redundancy including an entire eight-person sports and leisure department based at Sutton.

Titles affected include the Croydon Guardian, Elmbridge Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Streatham Guardian, Surrey Comet, Sutton Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian.

The strike announcement follows a ballot on industrial action which concluded last week.

NUJ head of publishing Barry Fitzpatrick said: “Our members’ overwhelming decision to take strike action in defence of jobs and quality was the inevitable result of a wrong-headed management policy.

“But it is not too late for the company to show some sense and sit down with us to discuss the future security of the papers which are so important to our members and their communities.”

Newsquest London regional managing director Roger Mills was not available for comment.


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  • June 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Why is it none of the Newsquest management are ever available for comment to face up and explain their disgraceful decisions when asked?

    They are probably spending the huge bonuses they trouser each year while every other employee in the company endures a pay freeze or is placed under threat of redundancy.

    Perhaps it is time these overpaid wasters were thrown off the pay roll instead of the people who actually do the work.

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