Around 300 packers, pickers and drivers employed by Menzies Distribution have voted in favour of strike action and industrial action following a dispute over pay and conditions.
Members of the Unite union plan to take strike action on 23 and 26 September.
But a senior industry leader has claimed that newspaper readers are being used as a “bargaining chip” in the dispute and urged both sides to get round the table.
Menzies Distribution managing director Mark Cassie says the company has put in “robust” contingency plans in the event that any industrial action by the union goes ahead and are confident retailers will experience no disruption to services.
The National Federation of Retail Newsagents tweeted that newspaper deliveries were under threat and will keep its members informed of developments.
“We can see no reason why both sides cannot get back round the negotiating table and come to an agreement.”