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South London journalists to stage second strike

Journalists who took to the picket line dressed as cowboys to protest against job cuts at newspapers in South London last week are to stage a four-day strike next week.

The journalists from Newsquest South London are striking because nine posts are up for redundancy and a sports and leisure department based at Sutton in Surrey is to be closed.

Around 38 union members took to the picket line outside the Twickenham and Sutton offices during the last stoppage in opposition to eight job cuts that will  see the remaining news reporters taking on extra work.

The latest stoppage will begin on Monday and continue until Thursday 30 June.

The group includes the Croydon Guardian, Elmbridge Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Streatham Guardian, Surrey Comet, Sutton Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian.

National Union of Journalists’ mother-of-chapel Thais Portilho-Shrimpton said: “We have not yet heard from management following our two days of strike last week, Wednesday and Thursday.”

NUJ negotiator Jenny Lennox added:  “We’ve had a very successful two-day strike last week, and it is worth noting that a dozen journalists have joined the union since dispute began.
“This reflects the deep anger which of journalists employed by Newsquest at their bosses’ determination to avoid consulting with staff on the future of their papers.”

Managing director of the company Roger Mills was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

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