Three days of action planned at Newsquest North East
29 December 2008
Journalists in County Durham are to bring in the new year by taking industrial action on three consecutive days.
Workers at Newsquest North East are angry about job cuts and a pay freeze. Members of the NUJ chapel at the Darlington-based company voted 90 percent for industrial action in a secret ballot.
They now plan to hold mandatory union meetings at noon on Monday 5 January, Tuesday 6 January and Wednesday 7 January.
Journalists at the Newsquest centre in York, fifty miles down the road, will receive the results of their ballots for industrial action over similar issues on 5 January.
Jenny Lennox, NUJ assistant organiser for the north of England, said:
"The Newsquest chapels in the North East had both been offered pay rises during negotiations before the company snatched them away and imposed a pay freeze.
"At both centres there have been big job cuts and the heart has been ripped out of papers that played a significant part in the distinctive cultural life of the region – and helped to hold the communities together.
"Our New Year's message is that NUJ members are determined to stand up for each other and to stand up for journalism."
The Darlington Newsquest centre publishes the daily Northern Echo, the Darlington and Stockton Times, the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free papers – employing around 100 editorial staff.