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Journalists vote for action at Newsquest Carlisle

12 November 2018

The NUJ Carlisle chapel of Newsquest Cumbria (formerly Cumbrian Newspapers, CN Group) have voted for strike action and action short of a strike, with a 87.5 per cent yes vote for both types of industrial action.

The chapel will be meeting on Wednesday to decide the next steps following today's result.

Jane Kennedy, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said:

"It is no surprise to us that the chapel have come out so strongly to vote for action. We have tried very hard with the company to reach a negotiated settlement but they simply refused to enter into meaningful discussions. Indeed their petty and spiteful decision do refuse to allow the chapel to meet in the workplace has only strengthened the resolve of the chapel to press on for a fair pay settlement.

"Since Newsquest has taken over we have only seen redundancies and empty promises. Our members are working harder than ever to try and maintain the quality local journalism that has been the hallmark of CN Group. They do this despite Newsquest not because of them; NUJ members are just seeking a fair reward for their hard work and call on the company to come back to the negotiating table."

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