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Huge majority in Darlington votes for strike

16 December 2008

Journalists in Darlington have voted 92 percent in favour of industrial action against job cuts and a pay freeze – with 80 percent backing strike action.

NUJ members at Newsquest North East decided to hold the ballot after bosses announced the closure of five district offices, cuts amounting to seventeen editorial jobs and a pay freeze.

The law gives the chapel 28 days to name dates for action.

Adam Murray, Father of the Newsquest North East NUJ chapel, said:

"The big vote for action shows the strength of feeling against the cuts to our newspapers.
"We have been negotiating with management and are now discussing a handful of outstanding job cuts. I am hopeful there will be no compulsory redundancies.
"NUJ members are still upset about the pay freeze after years of hard work and high profits."

The Darlington Newsquest centre in north-eastern England publishes the daily Northern Echo, the Darlington and Stockton Times, the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free papers – employing just over 100 editorial staff.

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