A North West newspaper has reported on a strike that is taking place by journalists who work at the title.
Newsquest title the Warrington Guardian yesterday reported on the strike action that began at it North west titles in Cheshire on Wednesday over seven proposed job losses across the 12 newspapers in the group.
A second day of strike action by members of the National Union of Journalists is set to take place on Tuesday.
The report in the Guardian, where 20 journalists took to the picket line, quotes Chris Hughes, regional managing director for Newsquest’s north west division.
Said Chris: “Sadly, we are not immune from the effects of the current economic cycle.
“The local and regional press, like many other businesses, face extremely difficult decisions.
“Job losses are always the act of last resort. Unfortunately, to protect the long term interests of the newspapers we publish, we have to reduce our operating costs across all disciplines, including editorial.”
The strikers this week told HTFP that they feared for the future over because of increased workloads that the cuts would create.
They are currently working to rule and will continue with the industrial action until management agree to high level talks.
NUJ assistant organiser for the North and Midlands, Lawrence Shaw, said: “NUJ members felt they had no choice but to take the last resort step of strike action to save jobs as management refused to even suspend the consultation process which is all we had asked for.
“The company have resolutely failed to give the NUJ chapel real answers as to how they can justify the redundancies or how the same amount of work will be completed with less staff in the future. They are even targeting young low-paid trainees with redundancy – which will hardly save the company any money in the long term as they are very low paid.”
“Newsquest in Cheshire and Merseyside made £7 million in profit last year. Before any job cuts are made, we believe they should open their books to show us the real financial situation as it stands.”
This is not the first time a newspaper has reported on its own job losses. Former editor of Johnston Press title the South Yorkshire Times, Jim Oldfield, carried a story on redundancies at South Yorkshire Newspapers on the front page of the paper. He has since been made redundant.