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Massive strike vote by journalists at Newsquest South London

3 June 2011

Journalists at Newsquest in South London have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in their campaign to defend jobs and local quality journalism.

The NUJ members had previously adopted a unanimous vote of no confidence in their top management after a company decision to make an unspecified number of editorial staff redundant while the group's titles continue to make substantial profits.

Meanwhile the newspaper group has just threatened an entire sports and leisure department of eight journalists with redundancy.

Barry Fitzpatrick, NUJ head of publishing, said:

"Newsquest is in danger of ruining a group of professionally-produced newspapers, despite their importance to the community.
"Our members' overwhelming decision to take strike action in defence of jobs and quality was the inevitable result of a wrong-headed management policy. But it is not too late for the company to show some sense and sit down with us to discuss the future security of the papers which are so important to our members and their communities."

Newsquest London has announced job cuts at the Croydon Guardian, Elmbridge Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Streatham Guardian, Surrey Comet, Sutton Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian.

In 2009, Newsquest recorded an operating profit of £71.7m.

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