Newsquest York industrial action ballot starts
21 May 2015
NUJ members working at Newsquest in York start balloting for action today. Newsquest is one of the UK's largest regional newspaper publishers with more than 200 newspapers, magazines and trade publications, including 17 dailies.
The staff at risk of redundancy include the Gazette & Herald's editor and deputy editor, its internet editor, digital communications editor, newsroom assistant and deputy sports editor. The company plan to transfer jobs to Bradford including the chief sub, night production editor, features editor and communities editor.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said:
"Our members in York are incensed that yet again the company is looking to force its journalists out of their livelihoods in yet more knee-jerk cuts. They want to put a marker down to the company that it is going too far and that it risks destroying the very essence of its titles as sources of trusted, quality, local news. There is already a backlash in the community at news of these cuts and we know our members' stand will be greatly supported by the city they serve."