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Fifth Newsquest chapel votes for strike action

11 June 2014

The fifth Newsquest chapel has voted for strike action over pay and redundancies.

Newsquest (Hampshire), which includes the Southern Daily Echo, in Southampton, voted by 89.7 per cent for strike action. The vote follows strike votes at Newsquest titles in the North West, London and Sussex. In all, 150 journalists were balloted.

Newsquest journalists in Darlington, York and Bradford went on strike earlier this year over similar issues, including the company's policy of moving editorial production away from local communities to remote subbing hubs.

Laura Davison, national organiser, said:

"This fifth ballot for strike action should be sending a strong message to the Newsquest management that their staff have had enough of pay freezes, job cuts and an attack on their professionalism. They are sick of having their dedication and skills disregarded by a management more interested in squeezing out profit for the American owner's shareholders. They want to see their local papers producing quality journalism at the heart of the communities they serve.
"So far Newsquest's chief executive has refused to answer our call for talks to discuss these disputes."

The chapels are now meeting to discuss the form and timetable for action.

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