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London Newsquest journalists to work to rule

7 April 2011

Journalists at Newsquest in London are starting industrial action next Friday 15 April in a dispute over redundancies, pay and quality of content.

A total of 27 journalists in Sutton, Surrey and in Twickenham will be affected by the work to rule called by the NUJ following a vote of nearly four to one in favour of taking industrial action.

The NUJ members are offering to work an extra hour per day to secure the quality of their newspapers, provided the company restores the amount of editorial space it publishes.

"Our members are prepared to work as hard possible, as they have always done, to ensure that the newspapers and websites are of the best quality possible and communities are being properly served," said NUJ negotiator Jenny Lennox.
"In light of the changes in the titles' editorial space, members are extremely concerned about the plummeting quality of the products. We are concerned that the papers may not be providing the good service to their communities that they have done in the past."

The NUJ is demanding that the company honours an agreed two per cent pay rise. The NUJ was waiting for a Newsquest response to its offer to take the dispute to the conciliation service ACAS when management began seeking volunteers to take redundancy.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"We have sought to conduct this dispute in a reasoned and orderly way, but Newsquest management apparently prefers to be unreasonable. Our members want the company to resolve this issue without further trouble."

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