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Sheffield Star journalists to vote on strike

14 January 2011

Journalists at the Sheffield Star are voting on industrial action over management plans to shut down jobs at its editorial 'hub' in the city. More than fifty NUJ members are affected by the ballot.

The company is threatening to cut up to ten Sheffield jobs, half those at the hub, while creating five roles elsewhere.

NUJ journalists at Johnston Press resisted the creation of the Sheffield hub just nine months ago, warning that it would affect their work and the quality of journalism. However, they sought to make the new system work.

Chris Morley, NUJ northern and midlands organiser, said:

"Now, the company's announcement of the dismantling of much of the Sheffield hub came out of the blue for members. After the initial shock, the mood has turned to anger.
"Many members put up with all the hardships that the company imposed on their lives in order to try to stay with the work. But all that effort has been thrown back in their faces by a company that is thrashing around adopting buzzwords and trendy business strategies with little thought to shoring up its newspapers core during difficult times.
"As usual, the timing the company is proposing for these changes to take place is all about railroading their untested plans through while staff are still groggy from the initial hit. But journalists at Sheffield is not prepared to let this happen and our NUJ chapel has taken the decision to ballot for action to defend members put at risk by a company greedy to keep up unsustainable profit levels."

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