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York journalists hold two ballots for industrial action

4 December 2008

Managers at Newsquest York have been notified today that journalists on their titles are balloting for industrial action over a pay freeze and job cuts.

Last month, the company snatched away a three per cent wage rise for 2009 that had been negotiated and agreed. Management are refusing to guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies.

Members of the NUJ chapel on The Press and associated titles decided to hold two simultaneous ballots. with the results to be known on 5 January.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern regional organiser, said:

"The union members at York want to have clear mandates to take action over pay or job cuts.
"They are angry that management have gone back on their word over wages.
"And in view if what is happening elsewhere in Newsquest they want to put a marker down that they will not stand back and allow anyone to be shown the door against their will."

During the summer, the York chapel staged a series of strikes over pay.

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