Journalists at a group of weekly newspapers in Yorkshire threatened with up to 18 job cuts have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.
The ballot results saw 100pc in favour of strike action on a 90pc turnout.
In June publisher Johnston Press announced plans to axe 18 posts at South Yorkshire Newspapers, including merging three weekly titles under one editor.
National Union of Journalists northern and midlands regional organiser Chris Morley said: “This astonishing result has been provoked by South Yorkshire Newspapers’ reckless proposals.
Editor of the Mexborough based South Yorkshire times Jim Oldfield published a story on the front page of the newspaper about the job cuts. He said he made no apologies for keeping the readers in touch with the proposed changes.
Managing director of the company John Bills blamed the cutbacks on “underperforming advertising and circulation” and said that although 18 jobs were at risk of redundancy, there were eight vacancies within the company that those affected would be encouraged to apply for.
Johnston Press did not wish to comment on the ballot result.