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North-West Evening Mail journalists vote for strike

14 February 2011

Journalists at the North-West Evening Mail have voted overwhelming for strike action in a dispute over job cuts, staffing levels and working hours.

In the NUJ ballot, 26 people voted for strike action, with one vote against – a 96 per cent vote for action.

The sub-editing section has been targeted for severe cuts and one NUJ member is now left with the threat of compulsory redundancy.

Today NUJ members at the North West Evening Mail attended a packed chapel meeting and agreed to stand together and support their colleagues.

Management has imposed a new one-shift system to replace the previous three-shift system and the chapel will now scrutinise its implementation.

Chris Morley, NUJ regional organiser, said:

"The chapel is determined to fight deteriorating working conditions. Members are not prepared to see a substantially increased workload on those who remain.
"Health and safety is already under threat from long hours and journalists on the North West Evening Mail fear that the planned reorganisation will make things worse."

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