Journalists working for a regional newspaper could be set to lose extra pay for working bank holidays and Sundays.
Staff at the Newsquest-owned title are currently paid £60 for working Sundays and bank holidays and receive a day in lieu. They also get £7.50 per day for starting work earlier than 7.30am.
According to the union, a letter was sent to staff on 24 January saying the company was going to scrap the payments to save the company £50,000 a year.
David Brine, a National Union of Journalists representative at the Echo, said the current system, had been running for the 13 years that he had been with the paper.
He said: “Obviously it is effectively a pay cut for staff. The union is absolutely against it.”
A meeting between the union and management will be held this afternoon and a consultation will conclude at the end of the month.
Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ deputy general secretary, said: “We will be strongly resisting the management’s arbitrary removal of contractual payments for working Bank Holidays and Sundays.
“The journalists are not well paid and it is an insult to repay their dedication by such a petty action. We are entering consultation over the changes and hope that the management will see sense; our members are very aggrieved.”
No-one from Newsquest had responded to a request for a comment at the time of publication.