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NUJ journalists in Sheffield ballot over Johnston Press job cuts

5 July 2012

NUJ members in Sheffield Newspapers Ltd have announced a ballot for strike action in response to job cuts announced by Johnston Press. The company plans to axe journalists' jobs, including two chief photographers, production journalists and planners, at a range of local newspaper titles in the Northern Midlands and South Yorkshire.

A range of job cuts announcements were made in June and include plans to reorganise the photographic department across the company and reduce the number of production journalists as a result of the new workflow and titles re-launch.

Journalists affected by the latest announcements work at the Doncaster Free Press, Derbyshire Times, Sheffield Star and sister paper the Sheffield Telegraph.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser said:

"Although good progress was made in talks with the company about eliminating the need to make compulsory redundancies at Sheffield, the chapel was not sufficiently reassured at this stage that all its members would have their situation resolved to their satisfaction.
"We are therefore conducting a ballot for industrial action at Sheffield Newspapers to safeguard our members against the prospect of forced job losses until we have complete assurance otherwise."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

"Johnston Press needs its journalists and losing experienced, talented, loyal staff who are passionate about the communities they serve, and the consequential impact on content and quality will do nothing to make more readers turn to their local newspapers, whether in print or online."

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