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Vote for action at Newsquest in Scotland

26 July 2013

NUJ members working for the multinational corporation Gannett, owners of Newsquest newspaper group, have delivered a strong YES vote for action to challenge the cuts in Scotland. The union is demanding improvements to the redundancy terms and continues to oppose compulsory redundancies at the company.

The Glasgow Herald NUJ chapel ballot for action closed on Thursday 25 July with 86 per cent of members voting for strike action and 96 per cent of members voting for action short of a strike.

Paul Holleran, NUJ organiser in Scotland, said:

“The ballot result shows the strength of feeling amongst our members. It is a clear sign that management should re-open talks with the union and resolve the dispute. Strike action is always a last resort but the chapel vote for action shows members want to try and stop Newsquest’s ruinous plans. Gannett has a total revenue of £848m yet they want to make compulsory redundancies on what are nearly statutory terms.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Scotland's leading newspapers have faced years of cuts thanks to Newsquest. They have inflicted widespread damage in our industry and they have harmed newspaper titles and quality journalism. The ballot result reflects the unity of the chapel and their resolve to stand up for journalism in Scotland. Newsquest should listen to the concerns of its staff and stop treating our members with contempt.” 

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