NUJ members at Newsquest North East, publisher of the daily Northern Echo, the Darlington and Stockton Times, the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free papers, have voted 92 per cent in favour of industrial action against job cuts and a pay freeze, with 80 per cent backing strike action, the union said today.
Adam Murray, Father of the Newsquest North East NUJ chapel, said: “The big vote for action shows the strength of feeling against the cuts to our newspapers. We have been negotiating with management and are now discussing a handful of outstanding job cuts. I am hopeful there will be no compulsory redundancies. NUJ members are still upset about the pay freeze after years of hard work and high profits.”