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NUJ announces re-ballot for action at Newsquest in Scotland

1 August 2013

The NUJ is reballoting members at Scottish Newsquest titles in the wake of legal threats to challenge the ballot on minor technicalities.

Despite the legal threats by management, exploiting the anti-trade union legislation that exists in the UK, NUJ members at the The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times, remain committed to challenging the job cuts being pushed through.

Last week the union announced that journalists at the NUJ Glasgow Herald and Times chapel voted decisively by 86 per cent for strike action and 96 per cent for action short of a strike.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

“Rather than acknowledge the overwhelming result of the ballot and the strength of feeling that exists amongst their journalists and making efforts to resolve the dispute, Newsquest has chosen to ride roughshod over the democratic decisions taken by staff with an attempt to block strike action by exploiting the many hurdles created by anti-trade union legislation.
"The reality is that their actions do nothing to dissipate the anger and frustration our members feel at The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times and merely renews their collective determination to fight these poorly thought out proposals, even if means action is temporarily delayed."

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