Journalists employed by Newsquest North East are to start the New Year by taking industrial action on three consecutive days in protest at job cuts and a pay freeze, the NUJ said today.
The NUJ chapel at the Darlington-based company, which publishes the Northern Echo, the Darlington and Stockton Times, the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free papers, voted 90 percent for industrial action in a secret ballot, the union said.
The journalists plan to hold mandatory union meetings at noon on Monday 5 January, Tuesday 6 January, and Wednesday 7 January. Around 100 editorial staff are employed by Newsquest North East.
On 5 January journalists at the Newsquest centre in York will receive the results of their ballots for industrial action over similar issues.
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