Northwich Guardian staff urge Newsquest to maintain base in the town
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16 January 2017
Journalists at the Northwich Guardian have called on the local and regional Newsquest management to retain a base in the Cheshire town.
The high-street office closed last week and the staff were moved to the premises of the Warrington Guardian, 15 miles away. The NUJ members say they understand the need for the closure, but say they would like to have a base situated within the community they serve. The newspaper has had a presence in Northwich for the past 157 years.
Jane Kennedy, NUJ Northern and Midlands assistant organiser, said:
“While staff at Northwich recognise the need to make savings on the building they have occupied, they hope to be able to persuade local managers that a small base in the town would be a great asset for their reporters and it would demonstrate to the local community that Newsquest is still committed to Northwich.”
The journalists have won support from local MP Graham Evans. He said:
“I am keen if possible for the Northwich Guardian to maintain some sort of a foothold in the town and would be happy to support steps to help this happen.”
Staff at Newsquest titles in Blackburn, at the Lancashire Telegraph, and in Bolton, at the Bolton News, lost further posts in December. A photographer at Blackburn and a content editor in Bolton have been made redundant and the staff remaining said it has had an impact on their workloads. In October 2015, 10 post were lost in Bolton, 8.5 in Blackburn and 12 at the Warrington Guardian. Jane Kennedy, said:
“The number of redundancies in the north west might appear to be small, but these teams have already been cut to the bone and those left behind have been put under further pressure at work. We are calling on Newsquest to reward those who are still working at the titles with a pay increase this year, to reflect the increased workloads and additional skills required to produce the local newspaper titles. Without their hardworking and dedicated staff, the company has nothing."