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Produce local newspapers locally, says NUJ

29 January 2014

NUJ members at Newsquest newspapers are voting on industrial action in an effort to stop compulsory redundancies and the relocation of work. The company previously announced that the work at its Bradford, Darlington and York titles would be transferred to Newport, Wales.

As journalists cast their ballots, they received the backing of the NUJ's Welsh executive council, which made clear that it supported the principle of producing local newspapers locally.

The NUJ Welsh executive council said:

"The NUJ Wales executive council would like to extend its support and solidarity to colleagues working for Newsquest and currently balloting for action in Bradford, York and Darlington. The dispute is in response to the threat of compulsory redundancies and the impact on quality and workloads after the proposed transfer of subbing work to Newport, Wales. Our union campaigns to protect local media jobs and local journalism.
"We believe that to move work away from the communities can only harm the titles and local democracy. The local press plays a crucial role in holding politicians or local councils to account. Local newspapers should be produced locally. The NUJ in Wales supports the calls for Newsquest to stop the threats to force journalists out of their jobs."

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