Journalists at Staffordshire Newspapers have followed the NUJ chapel at Shropshire Newspapers by voting in favour of industrial action as the number of ballots being conducted at media companies across the UK escalates.
At Staffordshire Newspapers 93 percent voted for industrial action, with 80 percent backing strike action, the NUJ said today. The Iliffe-owned company has said it would not press ahead with compulsory redundancies, but journalists are concerned about the closure of district offices. At Shropshire Newspapers 83 percent voted for industrial action, with 59 percent backing the possibility of a strike, the union said. The Midland News Association-owned company announced 12 compulsory redundancies including trainee reporters.
NUJ members at Yorkshire Post Newspapers returned to work this morning after four days of strike action over compulsory redundancies. Another four days of strike action is planned at YPN from this Thursday.
Journalists resisting redundancies at Newsquest York have given notice of possible industrial action every weekday until the end of March.
Meanwhile, voting papers are being sent to the NUJ’s 3,000 plus members at the BBC after the corporation announced compulsory redundancies in Scotland.
Ballots for industrial action over cutbacks are underway at the Derry Journal in Northern Ireland, the Independent in London, and at the Reed Business Information magazine group.