Journalists at a group of weekly newspapers in Yorkshire are to take indefinite strike action from Friday in a protest over job cuts.
Publisher Johnston Press announced plans last month to axe 18 posts at South Yorkshire Newspapers, including the loss of two editors’ posts.
Following a ballot in favour of strike action last week, National Union of Journalists members at the group have announced they are to go indefinite strike from this Friday.
The proposals will see the roles of editor of both the South Yorkshire Times and Goole Courier disappear, with the titles coming under the Doncaster Free Press and Selby Times respectively.
Two news hubs will be created at Selby and Doncaster, with the number of staff at the Mexborough-based South Yorkshire Times cut by half.
According to the NUJ, several key advertisng managerial roles have also been axed and the company’s offices at Epworth and Thorne have already been closed in recent weeks and staff made redundant.
On top of the vote for strike action, staff have also unanimously passed a two votes of no confidence in South Yorkshire Newspapers editor in chief Graeme Huston and SYN and Sheffield Newspapers MD John Bills.
NUJ northern and midlands regional organiser Chris Morley said: “The NUJ is completely committed to fighting these proposals and saving our members jobs. We hope the company now wakes up and withdraws the cuts proposals.”
No one from Johnston Press has so far been available for comment.