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More jobs threatened at Newsquest York

20 February 2009

Four journalists' jobs face the axe at The Press newspaper in York. Newsquest management announced the cuts in a staff meeting at 2.45pm this afternoon.

The NUJ in York today condemned the decision, the latest in a series of cut-backs at The Press.

Tony Kelly and Gavin Aitchison, joint fathers of the chapel, said in a statement:

"The Press and its journalists have been battered by repeated and callous cuts in recent years, placing serious strain on our ability to serve the people of York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire.
"Today's announcement is a further body-blow to local journalism in our region. We have no faith whatsoever in Newsquest's commitment to quality journalism, nor its ability to deliver it."

The York chapel has already given notice of industrial action on every weekday between now and 30 March – when theri ballot runs out of legal force.

Jenny Lennox, NUJ Assistant Organiser, said:

"By giving notice of discontinuous industrial action, starting afresh every day at noon, the chapel has the option of meeting whenever they feel the need to."

The York chapel has been fighting redundancies since last summer.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"This is another body blow to The Press and the other Newsquest titles based in York.
"Our chapel is very resourceful and we will support them fully in their battle to defend journalists and journalism."

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