Journalists at a regional daily have voted for strike action in a dispute over job cuts, staffing levels and working hours.
It comes after the CN Group, which publishes the Cumberland News and the News & Star in Carlisle and the Evening Mail in Barrow, announced up to 29 jobs across its titles were at risk of redundancy last month as it looked to “ensure a stable financial position in 2011″.
The union says ‘severe cuts’ are being planned at the sub-editing section of the paper and one NUJ member is now facing compulsory redundancy.
It also said management has imposed a new one-shift system at the title to replace the previous three-shift system and the chapel will now scrutinise how this is implemented.
NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said: “The chapel is determined to fight deteriorating working conditions. Members are not prepared to see a substantially increased workload on those who remain.
“Health and safety is already under threat from long hours and journalists on the North West Evening Mail fear that the planned reorganisation will make things worse.”
Jonathan Lee, publishing director at the paper, said: “We are aware of the result of the ballot. We are not aware of the union contemplating any action at this stage.”