NUJ journalists at Newsquest York are balloting for industrial action over a pay freeze and job cuts. Union members on The Press and associated titles have decided to hold two simultaneous ballots. The results will be known on January 5.
The union claims the company has withdrawn a negotiated pay agreement of 3 per cent for 2009 and will not give assurances that there will be no compulsory redundancies. NUJ northern regional organiser Chris Morley said: “The union members at York want to have clear mandates to take action over pay or job cuts...And in view if what is happening elsewhere in Newsquest (the company has announced redundancies across the group) they want to put a marker down that they will not stand back and allow anyone to be shown the door against their will.”