CN Group journalists in Barrow ballot over job cuts
24 December 2008
Journalists in Cumbria are holding a ballot for industrial action over job cuts that they fear will add to long hours already worked by staff.
Managers at the North West Evening Mail are trying to cut four editorial jobs – even though some NUJ members have chalked up weeks of time off in lieu that they can't take because of current workloads.
NUJ members at the Barrow-in-Furness arm of Cumbrian Newspapers (CN) Group have voted to hold the ballot to give them the legal right to take action if negotiations break down.
Chapel members are worried that the current proposed redundancies may be the first of several such announcements, as the company has already vowed to worsen the terms on which staff might leave in 2009.
Chris Morley, the union's Northern Regional Organiser, said:
"The chapel are determined to fight any compulsory redundancies. They are not prepared to see colleagues picked off and their workload fall on the shoulders of those who remain.
"Health and safety is already under threat from long hours and journalists on the North West Evening Mail fear that the planned reorganisation will make things worse."
Notification of the ballot, set to go out to members on 2 January, has been sent to the company.