The NUJ chapel at the Derry Journal has called for an industrial action ballot in response to plans to push through compulsory redundancies
The chapel claims that up to seven editorial posts at the Derry Journal are under threat.
It said in a statement: "The Journal chapel strongly believe (and management have not disputed) that more job losses are likely to follow at the Derry Journal. The threatened compulsory redundancies at the Journal is the latest in a series of swathing job losses at the Derry newspaper, since it came under the ownership of Johnston Press in 2006.
"Since then, we have lost more than 50 jobs as one by one, printing, accounts and production jobs were moved out of Derry."
"We are determined to fight to defend our jobs and the integrity of the Derry Journal and we hope there will be an overwhelming vote for strike action. We will be asking for support from fellow trades unionists, our readers, advertisers, and politicians locally and nationally.
"The Derry Journal survived the Famine, but we fear it may not survive Johnston Press."
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