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Newsquest York agrees to talk after chapel action

3 February 2009

Newsquest bosses in York have agreed to talks after journalists at the company held their second lunchtime work stoppage in two days over possible cutbacks. The NUJ chapel at The Press and its associated weekly titles fear that a management shake up will lead to job losses.

Following a ballot for industrial action, union members gave management notice of their intention to hold a noon meeting every day – Monday to Friday – for the next three weeks. However, the chapel meetings have been suspended until talks take place on Monday 9 February.

Today's meeting lasted 50 minutes, twice as long as yesterday's.

Newsquest bosses have made their York centre's managing director, weekly editor, and daily editor all apply for one job. The other two will be made redundant.

Tony Kelly, NUJ father of the Newsquest York chapel, said:

"We are sure that once the consultation period ends for the management redundancies, the company will come after more journalists' jobs.
"We want to put forward alternative ideas for the reorganisation."

There were editorial redundancies in York last year and a strike over pay.

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