Darlington journalists return to work, but plan more action
6 January 2009
Journalists at Newsquest North East have returned to work this afternoon, but have given management notice of more industrial action next week.
NUJ members at the Darlington-based group held a union meeting all afternoon and evening yesterday as part of a dispute over job cuts and a pay freeze. They reconvened at noon today, but returned to work after two hours as a gesture of good will.
They are scheduled to meet again at lunchtime tomorrow and have informed management of plans to hold a further meeting next Tuesday.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Regional Organiser, said:
"The chapel have decided to go back to work as a gesture of good will despite an inflammatory memo sent to them this morning by managing director David Coates.
"NUJ members viewed the memo as aggressive and threatening.
"They are seeking talks with the company – but have given notice of further action to make it clear that they are determined to defend the future viability of their papers as a quality service for the people of the north east of England."
The Darlington Newsquest centre publishes the daily Northern Echo, the Darlington and Stockton Times, the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free papers.