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Journalists in York have reacted with fury after being docked a day's wages for taking industrial action over pay - just hours after they were told they would not lose money.
Journalists in York have today taken pre-Christmas industrial action over their third pay freeze in four years.
Members of the NUJ chapel at Newsquest York – which includes The Press and the Gazette and Herald – have notified management they plan to hold a mandatory meeting at 10am on Thursday 20 December.
As journalists in York ended a week of action, which resulted in them losing a day's pay for attending a ten-minute meeting, other chapels in the Newsquest group are being urged to take action.
Members of the York chapel of the National Union of Journalists walked out of their office after management docked an entire day's pay for a meeting which lasted ten minutes.
Paul Davidson chief executive of the Newsquest newspaper group which owns publications such as the Northern Echo, Glasgow Herald and Oxford Mail received £598,441 in salary last year.
Journalists working for Newsquest in Bradford have given notice to take industrial action and their colleagues in York are taking action.
Journalists working for Newsquest in Bradford, which includes the Telegraph & Argus, have voted in favour of taking action following the management's imposition of a pay freeze.
NUJ members working for Newsquest in York will be taking action on Friday, 5 October, as management refused them a pay increase this year.
Journalists in York facing a pay freeze – given the inflation rate, this is equivalent to a pay cut – are balloting for industrial action.