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Massive vote for action at South Yorkshire Newspapers

7 July 2011

NUJ members at Johnston Press-owned South Yorkshire Newspapers have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action in response to threatened editorial redundancies.

The latest threatened cuts including redundancies across South Yorkshire Newspapers would cause particular damage to the weekly South Yorkshire Times title at its office in Mexborough.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The ballot result sends a very clear message to management that our members are willing to fight against the cuts.
"This is a battle about quality and resources and the impact of the cuts is a stark threat to our members' living and the future of the industry. Journalists in Yorkshire are leading the fight for quality journalism and local news."

Chris Morley, NUJ northern and midlands regional organiser, said:

"This astonishing result has been provoked by South Yorkshire Newspapers reckless proposals.
"The company plans to half the team producing the best performing weekly paper in the region – the South Yorkshire Times. This is a paper that has maintained its circulation, influence and readership which goes to show that if you offer people top quality local journalism in print, they will still pay for it.
"The NUJ is completely committed to fighting these proposals and saving our members jobs. We hope the company now wakes up and withdraws the cuts proposals."

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